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Real Madrid want to offer a new improved contract to in-form star, talks to begin soon
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid wish to offer Eduardo Camavinga a new contract and talks are set to begin shortly. His current deal with the clubs runs until 2027, but the Merengues hope to give him a longer deal with a higher salary and a larger release clause.
Florentino Perez is a big fan of the young midfielder and believes that he is one to stay at the club for years to come. Camavinga, on his part, loves the club and no hurdles are expected in the negotiations.
The player moved from Rennes to Real Madrid in the summer of 2021 and was said to be one of France’s most elite ball-carrying midfielders. He did not enjoy the best of starts under Carlo Ancelotti but has seen a complete turnaround in recent months.
Camavinga’s stocks are currently through the roof and show no sign of going bearish anytime soon. His versatility, awareness and ability on the ball make him one of the most dynamic players on the field and it is safe to say that he is a regular starter.
The 20-year-old has shown his best version when deployed as a defensive midfielder this season. However, he has come in handy as a left-back when needed and even delivered a masterclass in the position against Barcelona on Wednesday.
In 27 La Liga games for Los Blancos this term, Camavinga has provided one assist and created two big chances. He averages close to eight defensive actions per game along with a 92% passing accuracy.
The prodigy could start at left-back against both Villarreal and Chelsea in view of Ferland Mendy’s injury. Needless to say, he has maturity and ability far beyond his young age.
As for his new contract, Spanish media have previously reported that he could be given a new deal that runs until 2029 and his release clause could be upped to €1 billion.
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Ancelotti talks Benzema, Kane, Fran Garcia, Ceballos ahead of Real Madrid vs Athletic Club
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that club captain Karim Benzema is ready to play his side’s last league game against Athletic Club while also citing that one must not forget that the Frenchman still has one more year left on his current deal.
Speaking ahead of Madrid’s final game of the 2022/23 season, the manager spoke on several aspects, including the team’s transfer plans, Benzema’s future and his own continuity.
When asked about Benzema, the manager said (h/t SPORT), “Benzema is ready to play tomorrow, he’s recovered.” He went on to add, “I agree with Benzema. Internet is not the reality. He has another year on his contract. I think it’s clear.”
At the same time, he subsequently admitted that Benzema is mostly on his way out. “The legends of this club have to retire at Real Madrid. This is what I believe and what the club believes. But the player maybe doesn’t think the same.”
In terms of the squad for the upcoming game, he mentioned, “We want to say goodbye to our fans. They’re all ready to play. Only Mariano won’t be there, the others are fine. We want to finish in the best possible way. Then we’ll rest and prepare for next season.”
Meanwhile, Benzema’s potential departure would mean Madrid will look to sign a new number 9. In this regard, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is said to be on the list and while addressing the same, the Italian said,
“Harry Kane? I’m sure you all are curious to see what will happen next season. But Kane is a Tottenham player and we have to respect this.”
He went on to add, “I think we’re going to have a different squad [next season]. There are players whose contracts are running out, but it will be a competitive squad and one that makes me very excited.”
Furthermore, the manager also confirmed that he will be at Real Madrid next season. “I’m happy at Real Madrid. No problems with the club. I’m very happy to continue and we will try to do better next season.”
Madrid’s main man also went on to admit that he cannot make everyone in the squad happy.
“It is true that some have had little prominence, but I have tried to keep all the players motivated. It is impossible to keep them all happy. Sometimes you have to put up with that discontent from the players. I feel that there are some who have played very little.”
Speaking about the plan for the next season, he added, “Next year’s squad will be very competitive. Obviously there are contracts that expire and there will be different players. But it will be competitive.”
“Yes, it’s true — Fran García will be our first signing,” Ancelotti confirmed, but refused to talk about Brahim Diaz’s potential arrival.
“Brahim Díaz? I can’t say anything on him right now, I can’t comment…”.
He also revealed that the likes of Nacho and Dani Ceballos will decide their own fate. “They know what we think of them. I think they have everything very clear. They are waiting for the end of the season to decide what they want to do. Everything is in their hands.”
When asked about Brahim Diaz, he simply said, “I can’t talk about him right now.”
Lastly, when asked how much would he rate the 2022/23 season, he said, “It’s difficult to rate yourself. What I can say is that it’s been a very long season. We’ve worked hard and sometimes I haven’t always been able to transmit a very high level of motivation.
“It’s not It’s easy to motivate every three days. I’ve given everything I could give. I put myself on a positive note, but next year I’m going to do better,” he concluded.