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Real Madrid midfield stalwart refuses to leave amid Manchester United interest



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Manchester United’s search for a quality midfielder moved from Barcelona to Real Madrid earlier this week. The English giants were initially interested in Frenkie de Jong but turned their eyes to Casemiro after the Dutchman rejected their approach.

According to reports from COPE, the Brazilian midfielder has no intention of leaving Real Madrid and is not even considering a move away from the Bernabeu.

The Red Devils were willing to double the veteran’s wages which would come to a figure of €430,000 per week. The economic pull, however, was not sufficient to change his mind.

This is not surprising considering the poor management and performance of Manchester United this season. Moreover, Casemiro continues to be a regular starter under Carlo Ancelotti and has no reason to look for a future away from the club.

The arrival of Aurelien Tchouameni signals competition for the defensive midfield position. However, it is natural for the club to be concerned about the future, especially given that Casemiro is now 30 years of age.

The Brazilian started the game against Eintracht Frankfurt last week and helped his side to a 2-0 win. It was his assist to David Alaba that opened the scoring on the night.

Last season, he made 31 La Liga starts for Real Madrid, scoring one goal and providing three assists. He also started every UEFA Champions League clash for his side and over 13 defensive actions per game.

Casemiro’s contract with Real Madrid does not expire until the summer of 2025. Given that the player will be close to 33 years then, it remains to be seen if his performances warrant an extension at that point in time.

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Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent



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If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.

Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.

However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.

As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.

Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.

So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.

Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.

With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.

Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.

Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.

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