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Real Madrid will offer new contracts to veteran quartet, future in the players’ hands



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As we hurtle towards the business end of the 2022/23 season, Real Madrid are in need of resolving the contract situations of several first-team stars.

As many as seven players of the Real Madrid squad will be out of contract at the ongoing season. Among these, the future of Mariano Diaz is as good as sealed as the Merengues have no desire to offer him a new deal.

Meanwhile, the situation of Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio is unclear at this moment, as the duo continue to fight for their future at the club.

But, according to AS, Real Madrid are ready to offer new contracts to the remaining four players – Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Nacho Fernandez. And whether they stay at the club beyond the current season is totally up to the players.

Of the four, Benzema’s renewal looks certain as Real Madrid continue planning with the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner as their ace striker. In fact, some outlets have even reported that the Frenchman has already signed a new deal and the only thing pending is an official announcement.

Meanwhile, Modric is very much in the final phase of his career and recent displays have shown that age might finally be catching up to the veteran superstar.

But even though Real Madrid are planning to sign Jude Bellingham in the summer, the Croatian international remains in the scheme of things, at least for another year.

As for Kroos, the German pass master has always insisted that he wants to go out on a high and has not ruled out an early retirement. A decision on his future is yet to be made, although Los Blancos would be happy to keep him around for another year if he wants to continue.

Nacho’s situation is a bit different from the aforementioned trio as the versatile defender has seen his game-time take a hit this season. It has led to rumours of a move away in the summer, with clubs in Italy, Germany, and the MLS keen.

Recent reports, however, suggest that an agreement with the Spaniard might also be in place for him to remain a Real Madrid player for another year.

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Nacho set to stay at Real Madrid, will be new club captain – report



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Real Madrid have finally received some good news as MARCA confirms that Nacho has finally made his decision about his future, and is set to continue at the club for the foreseeable future.

His contract expires in the summer, and Real Madrid had tabled an extension for the player, which was not accepted by the Spaniard at the time. Now, however, he has decided to reject offers from Juventus, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and AC Milan.

Nacho will sign a one year extension, with the option to extend for another year if both parties reach an agreement.

His continuity also means that he will be the new club captain for the 2023/24 season, since Karim Benzema is leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. Luka Modric will be second captain, followed by Daniel Carvajal and Toni Kroos.

Carlo Ancelotti has also spoken to the player, confirming that they trust him for next season in the team, which has gone a long way in helping convince the player.

The Italian gaffer also spoke about the Spanish defender’s contract situation after the game against Athletic Club yesterday, saying:

“Asensio, Nacho and Ceballos? We have explained them their roles. The club have offered them renewals. Asensio has preferred to leave, Ceballos and Nacho are still thinking about it.” 

While a centre-back by trade, Nacho has played across the defence for Madrid continuously, including putting shifts at left-back, right-back, and even centre-back.

His departure would have probably pushed Madrid to sign another defender, especially since they are considering selling Ferland Mendy if a good offer arrives.

Regardless of that, though, Madrid are moving to sign Alphonso Davies, and have already made initial contacts with the player. Bayern Munich have not rejected their advances.

Further, the los blancos management have already met with Davies’ entourage twice, cementing their interest in the Canadian ace.

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