Over the past month or so, Real Madrid have tied down four key players – Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde – to new long-term contracts.
The spree of renewals is still not over as another important player of the team, Eder Militao, is now set to ink a new extension.
Reports suggested that Real Madrid intended to announce Militao’s new deal as early as this week itself. But that does not appear to be the case.
Militao’s contract extension after the international break
Indeed, as per journalist Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), Real Madrid will officially confirm Militao’s new contract extension after the ongoing international break.
There have been some contradicting reports regarding the duration of the deal, with some stating it would be until 2027 while others claim that Militao’s new contract would run until 2029.
Now, the aforementioned report claims that the Brazilian international’s future will be tied down at the Bernabeu until the summer of 2028.
Much like the host of renewals completed recently, Militao will also have a €1 billion release clause embedded in his new contract.
Militao an important player
A key player, Militao stepped up in a huge manner for Real Madrid after the departures of iconic defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in 2021.
He has established himself as the leader of the defensive group for the Merengues and has the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti.
However, the Brazilian international is currently out with an ACL injury that he suffered in the first game of the season against Athletic Club.
Militao’s current contract runs until 2025 and the defender has not signed an extension since joining the club in 2019. As such, a new deal with improved wages representing his status within the team has been long time coming.
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.