Real Madrid have a lot of decisions to take in the coming weeks, especially regarding the contract renewals of existing players. After all, the Merengues have some of their biggest stars’ contracts expiring in the summer.
Anton Meana (h/t Madrid Xtra) provides an update on the situation of four players and the possible outcome regarding their contract extension.
The Spanish journalist maintains that Dani Ceballos is not appreciated much by the management or the coach, and the decision of his continuity rests completely with the player.
His improved performances in recent weeks have earned him a renewal proposal, however, it will as the last-choice midfielder.
The situation with Marco Asensio is similar. The Spanish winger has fallen back in the pecking order and now has the young Alvaro Rodriguez ahead of him too. The club has told him that he will never be a starter, and a departure is thus more likely in the summer.
Real Madrid are yet to send Luka Modric an official renewal offer but it is only a matter of time before talks begin.
The club want the veteran to stay for another year, but pressure from Al-Nassr seems to be creeping into the Croatian’s mind. Earlier today, it was reported that Modric is closer to leaving than staying.
The final update offered is on the situation of Toni Kroos. The German international has not explicitly said that he will stay beyond his contract which runs out in the summer.
There is a real possibility that the midfielder retires at the end of the campaign, but he could play one final season for the Merengues.
With both veteran midfield stars having uncertain futures at the club, Real Madrid must look to go all out in the coming summer transfer window to improve the squad depth. Jude Bellingham, needless to say, is the top priority.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.