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Real Madrid want to renew the contracts of two players as a priority

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Fresh from their narrow win over Barcelona over the weekend, Real Madrid are now the undisputed favourites to secure the league title this season.

That means the club can not only focus on the Champions League but also kickstart their preparations for the season ahead.

One of Real Madrid’s top priorities will be to secure the future of their veterans, such as Toni Kroos, Lucas Vazquez, Luka Modric and Nacho.

Kroos is likely to renew for another season whereas Nacho and Modric may end up leaving Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.

Real Madrid prioritise renewal of Vazquez, Lunin

With the prospect of Nacho and Modric’s departure looming large, Real Madrid have now stepped up their efforts to renew the contract of their other veteran Lucas Vazquez.

That is according to Mundo Deportivo which suggests Real Madrid consider Vazquez’s renewal very ‘urgent’, knowing the versatile defender could continue to play a key role for the club going forward.

Will Vazquez continue at Real Madrid? (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Vazquez’s current deal at the Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. Although the 32-year-old’s preference is to continue for at least another year, he is yet to make a final decision over his future.

Andriy Lunin: Another urgency for Real Madrid

In addition to Vazquez, Real Madrid also want to urgently resolve the contract situation of Andriy Lunin.

The Ukrainian international was Real Madrid’s hero in their narrow win over Manchester City in the Champions League. Overall this season, Lunin has performed superbly, filling in the shoes of the injured Thibaut Courtois.

However, with Courtois more than likely to reclaim his position as the number-one ‘keeper next season, many expect Lunin to move on and find a new challenge elsewhere.

Real Madrid, though, are determined to convince Lunin to prolong his career in the Spanish capital. Los Blancos, though, are set for a tough round of negotiations with Lunin’s new agent, Jorge Mendes.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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