Karim Benzema has been one of the most consistent performers in European football over the past couple of years.
Ever since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Frenchman has come to the fore and has led the line responsibly for Real Madrid. His performances were critical in helping Los Blancos secure the UEFA Champions League title last season.
In light of Benzema’s consistent goalscoring plaudits, Real Madrid are keen on extending his current contract that expires at the end of the season.
This has been reported by Fabrizio Romano, who suggests the European champions are expecting Benzema to secure the 2022 edition of the Ballon d’Or. As such, they are keen on celebrating his victory by handing him a new contract.
Although Benzema’s performances merit him a longer contract, Real Madrid have a strict one-year policy for players past the age of 30. The Frenchman should be no exception, especially ahead of a 2023 summer window that could see the club invest in a new goalscorer.
Kylian Mbappe was heavily linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer, but the attacker opted to remain at Paris Saint-Germain. It appears Erling Haaland has become the latest obsession for Los Blancos, with the Man City starlet reportedly having a release clause worth €200 million embedded in his contract.
The release clause can be triggered from 2024 onwards, which checks out well with the length of Benzema’s potential new contract.
In the meantime, the veteran forward will be keen on getting back on track after returning from a short injury layoff. He made his return in the 1-1 draw with Osasuna. Although the 34-year-old failed to find the back of the net, he could be in the thick of things when Real Madrid take on Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League tonight.
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.