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Real Madrid superstar will renew his contract by one year – report

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Karim Benzema took the football world by storm last year, accomplishing personal milestones, leading Real Madrid to the La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles and eventually winning the prestigious Ballon d’Or.

He scored 27 goals and provided 12 assists in La Liga in addition to 17 goal contributions in the Champions League during the season.

However, his start to the 2022/23 season has been marred with injuries. Despite his struggle for regular action, the Frenchman has already netted eleven times and provided three assists in just 13 league games.

Real Madrid have no direct replacement for Benzema yet, and the Frenchman is their primary source of goals. That said, it was a matter of concern that the striker’s contract was running out in June.

According to reports from Radio Marca, Benzema will renew his deal with Los Blancos for one more season. His decision comes after a recent meeting and discussion with Florentino Perez.

Given the club’s policy of only offering short-term renewals, one can expect the 35-year-old to sign for one additional year with an option to extend. However, his role next season could be cut down especially if Ancelotti sees his wish for a new and young striker granted.

Earlier this week, Carlo Ancelotti revealed that he would like for Benzema to end his career in Madrid, thus urging the forward to continue at Real Madrid.

“Has Benzema renewed? I don’t know. But I repeat: Real Madrid legends must retire at Real Madrid.”

While Benzema’s renewal may be sealed, there is still a mountain load of work on that front for the Merengues’ administration. Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Nacho Fernandez, and Dani Ceballos all have their deals running out in the summer and a decision over their future must be taken swiftly.

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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros

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Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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