Saturday, June 25

Real Madrid in no rush to sign a No.9: Two more years of Benzema

Florentino Perez is clear about Karim Benzema being untouchable at Real Madrid. Coach Carlo Ancelotti is of the same opinion, and that isn’t going to change.

The striker has one year left on his contract at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but the club’s directors are convinced that he will spend two more years at the club, until June 2024. They expect an extension to be signed imminently.

There is no doubt about this at Real Madrid, and that reduces the rush to sign another centre-forward. There is no hurry and unless the market or the need to sell at the club at the last minute brings it about, it won’t happen this summer.

The president has made this clear to everyone. He is not going to sign for the sake of signing and he will take the time required to sign the kind of striker who will be a point of reference for the club’s attack for years to come.

Finding another Benzema is the task the club are facing, and it’s by no means an easy one.

Ancelotti knows this and is cool as ever when pushed to comment on the matter.

“We’ll come up with something”, Ancelotti stated last summer.

A complicated search

The search is on, but everyone at Real Madrid is aware that it will be long and complicated.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe and the possibility of him playing as a No.9 would have made things easier, but that is now history and at Real Madrid they are not thinking about the Paris Saint-Germain forward any longer.

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That chapter has closed, at least for a while, and the situation would have to change a lot for him to come back into their plans. Opinion about Mbappe has also changed in the Spanish capital.

Now it’s time to be attentive, to monitor the evolution of certain players and to solve problems, as has happened with Fede Valverde, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Junior.

For the campaign that kicks off on August 12 in Helsinki, Real Madrid can count on the two Brazilians and Benzema as attacking references, but there is also Eden Hazard who must show commitment to daily work, perseverance and make the most of his opportunities.

The evolution of Haaland

Having questioned Erling Haaland‘s signing because of the certainty of Benzema‘s starting place, Real Madrid want to dispel any doubts that existed with the Norwegian and see what he can do at Manchester City next season.

There is talk of the existence of a release clause after two years (150 million euros) and his future signing isn’t an impossibility.

The future of several players

The priority right now at Real Madrid is to settle the futures of several players, to lighten the squad somewhat and, from there, to think about some possible reinforcements.

The market is not closed, but neither is the door wide open. Before bringing people in, Real Madrid will sell and the first step is to find a destination for the players on loan.

Then, there are the cases of Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, Luka Jovic, and others.

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