Over the past couple of weeks, Real Madrid have completed a series of contract extensions, confirming the renewals of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde.
All the players have been handed new and improved long-term contracts with better wages and a mammoth €1 billion release clause, as a tactic to keep Saudi Arabia from sniffing around.
Eder Militao next in line
After the four completed contract renewals, Real Madrid are now set to confirm the new extension of defender Eder Militao.
In fact, journalist Alberto Pereiro reports that Los Blancos will announce the Brazilian international’s renewal this week, as early as tomorrow or on Wednesday.
Militao joined Real Madrid from FC Porto in the summer of 2019, signing a six-year contract until 2025 at the time.
Since that the 25-year-old has not penned a new contract, meaning his current one expires in a little over two years.
As such, Real Madrid wish to tie him down to a new long-term deal, with a contract agreement already understood to be in place.
The new deal is now expected to be announced in the next couple of days.
Stepping up his recovery
Militao, who has grown into an important player for Real Madrid, has been out sidelined since the opening match of the season due to an ACL injury.
Initially, it was expected that the 25-year-old might not play again this season, but his recovery has been progressing much better than initially anticipated.
As such, Militao is expected to push for a return to training over the next couple of months, which could lead to him making a comeback at some point in early 2024.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.