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Real Madrid to offer one-year renewals to three stars including veteran midfielder

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As the end of the season closes in, Real Madrid must once again begin the saga of contract renewals.

Last summer, Los Blancos were faced with a long list of players who were set to be free agents and while they managed to convince most to stay, some like Karim Benzema opted to leave.

Come June, Real Madrid will be faced with the same task.

One year extensions

As revealed by MARCA, Lucas Vazquez, Nacho Fernandez, and Luka Modric all end their contracts with Real Madrid this summer and are seen as the big fish.

The Spanish outlet reveals that Los Blancos will provide a one-year renewal proposal to all three aforementioned players.

The decision of whether to stay for another season or not will lie with the players, and a longer contract will not be offered.

Nacho, the club captain, has been informed of Real Madrid’s interest in renewing his deal. He has not yet made a final decision, and there will be no problem if he wants to continue leading the club for one more year.

Modric and Vazquez, meanwhile, have still received no communication about the renewal. Movements are expected in the coming months, for Carlo Ancelotti still sees them to be essential to the team’s project.

Will they stay or leave? (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

Interest from Arabia

As revealed earlier today, Saudi Arabia are interested in signing all three aforementioned Real Madrid stars this summer.

Considering their contractual situation, they are on the radar of several clubs in the Middle East-based league.

Real Madrid cannot match the offers from Saudi and will not attempt the bridge the gap. The players’ continuity will completely depend on their desire to don the prestigious shirt and their willingness to sacrifice monetary luxury.

Modric, despite receiving a renewal offer, could well opt to leave Real Madrid in the summer owing to his reduced prominence under Carlo Ancelotti.

The Croatian has refused the Saudi option before and could do the same as a return to Croatia is growing as an option.

Vazquez and Nacho, meanwhile, have real chances of staying at Real Madrid. In the latter’s case, the decision could depend on Real Madrid’s decision to sign a new young centre-back.

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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