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Real Madrid preparing final details for loan forward’s contract extension
According to a report by Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid are preparing the final details of their proposal to officially extend Brahim Diaz’s contract in the coming months.
Currently on loan at AC Milan, Diaz has won over the Madrid management, who are very happy with his stint in Serie A. The deal officially expires in June and the Spanish giants hope to have him back for the pre-season tour.
While this goes on behind the scenes, Diaz is 100% focused on Milan as the defending Italian champions enter the Champions League quarter-finals, where they will take on Napoli in April.
Diaz has had a largely topsy-turvy campaign this time around, with four goals and three assists in 22 appearances in Serie A. It is, however, already better than his returns last season, when he scored and assisted three each as Milan won the Scudetto.
The Spanish forward has largely spent his tenure at Milan playing as an attacking midfielder, but he can also slot in as a right-winger – an area of concern for Madrid right now.
Further, Milan have the option to purchase Diaz on a permanent transfer for €22 million, but do not believe his performances justify that price tag. Not to forget, Madrid will have the option to get him back for just €27 million.
However, he has refused to comment on his future and any possible return to Madrid right now, saying:
“The future will be seen, we don’t know what can happen tomorrow, I’m at Milan and I want to perform and give 100%. The fans love me a lot. I’m at a great club and I’m focused on the next game and focused on Milan.”
It will be interesting to see how Diaz fits into Madrid’s dynamics for the next season, especially as the club looks to overhaul several positions in the starting lineup.
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25-year-old ‘impeccable’ star viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence
According to MARCA, Eder Militao is seen as the undisputed leader of the Real Madrid defence, thanks to his ‘impeccable’ level of performances. The 25-year-old’s standing in the team has forced a duel between David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger for the second centre-back slot.
Militao arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, joining from FC Porto in a deal worth €50 million. While he made a slow start to life in Spain, the Brazilian slowly grew in stature from his second season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Following the exits of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, Militao established himself as a permanent fixture in the backline for the Merengues and was a standout performer last season as they won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League trophy.
The 25-year-old has carried on in the same vein of form this season as well, featuring in 35 matches across all competitions for Real Madrid, even chipping in with six goals.
The Brazilian international is seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world currently, with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti sharing that opinion.
“I may lose credibility if I say Vinicius and Militão are the best striker and defender in the world respectively but it’s the truth. I am honest. Militão lacks nothing,” he had said last month.
Militao is not only viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence, but has also grown into a leader within the locker room as well, with the player being loved and fully supported by his teammates.
Militao’s presence has meant that Alaba and Rudiger have had to battle it out for the lone centre-back slot. The former had enjoyed a stunning season last time out after joining from Bayern Munich in 2021, but has struggled with injuries and fitness problems this term.
As for Rudiger, the German arrived last summer from Chelsea and started out slow, but has grown in confidence and stature, especially in recent months. So much so that, his signing is already being regarded as a success within the club.
In Militao, Real Madrid undoubtedly have a long-term fixture at the heart of the defence. But with Rudiger and Alaba in their thirties, the Merengues must look to bring in one more player who can take over from them in the near future and can form a partnership with Militao.