Real Madrid started expansion
Real Madrid will take the royal road. Tonight at 21:00 the Merengues will enter the Copa del Rey against Cacereño. A meeting that will be taken very seriously for the residents of the Santiago-Bernabéu stadium, who still want to win many trophies this year. Madrid, joint leaders of La Liga with Barça, are still in contention in the Champions League, where the Iberian club will face Liverpool in the round of 16. With new players in the ranks? You don’t have to listen to Carlo Ancelotti, who has often repeated that the Spanish and 2022 European champions will not be hiring this winter.
Apart from Endrik, who will come in 2024, Real Madrid is expected to continue with the same squad this season. A group that has grown together and won many titles. But the Madrid staff and management know that there could be changes in the summer of 2023, as there are several elements at the end of the contract. However, this does not bother Carlo Ancelotti, who admitted at the press conference yesterday: “We don’t have a problem, they (players at the end of the contract, editor’s note) don’t talk about it. I don’t know if the agents do it, but the players are focused on what they are doing. The goal of players and clubs has changed, when a player reaches the end of his contract, it is not as worrying as it was a few years ago. I think the clubs are less worried..
Among the items, who are free for six months and which Madrid intend to discuss in the coming days, according to local media, is captain and attacking leader Karim Benzema (35). On the setChiringuito, host Josep Pedrerol said that “Real Madrid” is very calm about the Frenchman’s future. This is more or less in line with the trend of recent months, where various media have announced an extension to 2024. However, in the same set, Edu Aguirre rocked: “I’m not 100% sure that Modric, Benzema and Asensio will always be at Real Madrid”. Very surprising when you know KB9’s commitment to Madrid. The striker has repeatedly said that he will end his career in the Iberian capital.
The same goes for Luka Modric (age 37). By Al-Nassr, the Croatian, who is also in MLS, can extend his taste in Madrid, where he gradually agrees to leave his place in the top ten. His club is considering a one-year extension. The ball is in his court. His midfield assistant Toni Kroos (32) will announce his decision in February. But in the Madrid offices we are quite confident about it. Ancelotti too. “I think Kroos is quite clear about that and he will be next month. As a fan, it is impossible to think that he will stop. He said he wants to finish his career in Madrid and I hope he can continue.”
Secondary cases to be resolved
On the other hand, the other three elements are not guaranteed to remain. In the draw we find Marco Asensio (26 years old). His situation is quite uncertain, as he was always considered a major talent for Real Madrid, but he has not established himself as an undisputed starter. The Spanish international, who has been linked with several teams including Manchester United, Arsenal and FC Barcelona, is yet to make a decision. But Defense Center indicating that his intention was to continue with the Merengues on better salary terms. DC Let’s add that Madrid has not made an offer to him at the moment. But it is impossible to see that it remains.
On the other hand, it seems difficult for Dani Ceballos (26 years old). The midfielder, who is considered a substitute by his coach, is praised by the dressing room bosses. The latter also campaigned for him to stay last summer and they won their case. The situation should be different in 2023, especially as a return to Betis is still being considered by Ceballos. “I don’t want to talk about his extension (of Ceballos). I see it well, concentrate, but the subject of the contract should be evaluated by the club and the player.Ancelotti said yesterday. A technician who has not reckoned with Mariano Diaz (29), who recently offered Real Madrid to extend his contract by splitting his salary. There was no answer. The former OL player should be on the market for €0 this summer. Expansion in Madrid is already underway!