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Real Madrid offer key superstar a new contract until 2024

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It is almost a policy at Real Madrid to not sign veteran players on long deals or offer them renewals. The most recent example was that of Marcelo who was forced to leave the club in the summer.

That is what separates players like Luka Modric and Karim Benzema. The veteran duo are going strong despite their age and are still guaranteed starters in Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Needless to say, the club want the pair to be associated with the team until they can sustain their level.

According to journalist Tomas Gonzalez (h/t Defensa Central), Real Madrid have offered Benzema a contract extension until 2024. While it is only a one-year extension, one must remember that the Frenchman is 34 years old.

The striker’s current deal with Real Madrid keeps him at the club until the summer of 2023. It means there is less than a year before before his contract expires which now makes it a priority.

Last season, Benzema ran the show for Los Blancos. He was one of the biggest and most reliable pillars on the side and pulled the team out of tricky situations time and again. It would not be wrong to say that Real Madrid would not have won the Champions League without his timely goals.

In 32 league games, he scores a whopping 27 goals and recorded 12 assists last season. Additionally, he also found the back of the net 15 times and provided two assists in just 12 UCL starts.

The Frenchman joined preseason earlier today in Los Angeles where he directly joined the group. He is not expected to participate in the Clasico on Saturday but will certainly be one of the protagonists in the team for the coming season.

Keeping him at the club until 2024 makes sense for Real Madrid as it would allow them sufficient time to identify and recruit a long-term heir for the veteran.

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano

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Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.

The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.

As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.

Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.

The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.

So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.

All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.

Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.

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