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Real Madrid will look to keep 23-year-old forward if both Asensio and Benzema leave

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Everything in Real Madrid appeared to be in order a week ago. With the renewals of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Karim Benzema virtually signed and sealed, the club looked on track to agree on the final details with the likes of Marco Asensio too.

Fast forward seven days, and Los Blancos are in acute crisis, particularly in the centre-forward position. All of a sudden, Karim Benzema is virtually boarding the flight away from Madrid while Asensio is dangerously close to a move away as well.

Ahead of the 2023-24 season, Carlo Ancelotti now finds himself in a shortage of resources in the final third. According to reports from Tomas Gonzalez Martin, the club have one replacement ready.

The Spanish journalist states that if both Asensio and Benzema leave Real Madrid in the summer, the club will look to keep Brahim Diaz. The AC Milan star is, after all, set to return to Santiago Bernabeu in June after his loan spell in Italy comes to an end.

Diaz has been a regular starter for Stefano Pioli’s side this season, making 32 appearances and scoring six goals in the process. Further, he has provided seven assists, averages 1.3 key passes per game, and has created 11 big chances in the Italian league this season.

Carlo Ancelotti was not initially a big fan of calling the youngster back as he saw Benzema, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr, and Marco Asensio as candidates to handle the forward department next season. After all, all four individuals have repeatedly proven their value this season.

With the tempting offer from Saudi Arabia dragging him away, Benzema no longer looks likely to wear the white colours next season. Asensio, on the other hand, is likely to stay in Europe and could join PSG in June.

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Real Madrid will begin renewal talks with key duo in coming weeks – report

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According to transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid are shifting its focus towards securing new contracts for key players Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy in the upcoming weeks.

Both Carvajal and Mendy have contracts that are set to expire in 2025. While there have been some challenges regarding Mendy’s future, Real Madrid have remained clear about their intentions for the Euro 2024 winner.

Over the past year, Carvajal has had an impressive run, adding three more trophies to his collection with Real Madrid, including the Euro 2024 championship. 

Interestingly, he is currently not overly concerned about his future. He hasn’t been thinking much about his contract extension, with the last major news about it surfacing about a month ago.

“At the moment I’m not thinking about leaving Madrid, far from it. My subjective perception is that the day I can’t contribute what I can contribute, I’ll take a step aside,” he said a few weeks back.

Ferland Mendy is closer to staying

Carlo Ancelotti wants Ferland Mendy to continue. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Mendy’s future at Real Madrid seemed uncertain due to rumours that he might be replaced by Alphonso Davies. 

However, Carlo Ancelotti has shown an unusually strong preference for retaining Mendy. The manager has made it clear that he wants Mendy to stay. 

He has praised Mendy’s skills and performances throughout the past season, making it evident that he sees Mendy as a crucial part of his strategy.

At present, there is a significant concern within the team that if an agreement is not reached by next summer, Mendy could leave the club on a free transfer. This scenario is something Real Madrid are keen to avoid.

As Real Madrid move forward with these contract negotiations, the focus remains on securing the futures of both Carvajal and Mendy, ensuring that they continue to contribute to the club’s success in the years to come.

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