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Real Madrid will announce three more player renewals soon after Kroos’ extension

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The summer of 2023 was always going to be critical for Real Madrid. For starters, the Merengues always saw the window as one where the team would witness a change of guard to a new generation. Moreover, with several stars’ contracts running out this summer, it was always going to be an uphill battle.

The talk until June, unsurprisingly, centred around renewals of key players. After all, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio, Dani Ceballos, and Nacho Fernandez were amongst the names set to be out of contract.

Yet, the renewals now seem to be forgotten amidst the club’s newfound hunt for new signings. MARCA provides an update on the quiescent operations.

According to the Spanish outlet, Real Madrid always planned to announce the contract terminations first and then focus on extending deals with players. After all, they have an agreement in principle with all those who opted to stay.

The new contracts of Luka Modric, Dani Ceballos, and Nacho Fernandez will thus be announced in the coming days. Toni Kroos’ renewal, which was also on hold for a long time, was announced earlier today.

Of the three players, the Croatian international’s renewal to stay was the easiest for Real Madrid to agree on. After all, Modric was clear that he wished to play at the highest level for one more year irrespective of his role.

The sagas of Ceballos and Nacho were far more difficult. Both Spaniards seriously considered a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in search of a more prominent role. In the end, however, they could not resist Los Blancos’ final offer.

Looking ahead to next season, none of the aforementioned players have guaranteed roles in the starting lineup. While Nacho faces the same competition as last season, the midfielders will likely be behind Eduardo Camavinga and Jude Bellingham on the pecking order.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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