According to Cadena SER, Real Madrid have already closed an agreement with Karim Benzema over a new contract, with an official announcement the only thing pending at this moment.
The 35-year-old superstar is in the final year of his contract with Los Blancos and there has been no update on an extension for the current club captain as of yet.
It had previously been suggested that a one-year extension option would be automatically triggered after Benzema won the Ballon d’Or last year, but those claims have since been refuted.
The Frenchman, who announced his international retirement recently, has had problems with injuries of late and has looked well below his best level from last season.
Despite his age and recent fitness problems, Real Madrid, as per the report, want to renew the veteran centre-forward for two more years.
And, it is further stated that there is already an agreement between the club and the player over a new deal, with an announcement to confirm the same missing at this point in time.
If true, Benzema would remain a Real Madrid player until 2025. How that affects the club’s long-term plans would be interesting to see as Los Blancos will have Endrick at their disposal in 2024, while they also plan to sign Erling Haaland from Manchester City that year.
Having taken over as the club captain this season following Marcelo’s exit, Benzema has scored 11 goals in 16 matches across all competitions, four of which have been from the penalty spot.
Apart from Benzema, Real Madrid also wish to renew both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos by one more year each, although their situations are unclear at the moment.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.