Real Madrid won La Liga ahead of schedule and are preparing for the Champions League final with Liverpool. The season for Carlo Ancelotti’s team can already be called successful. Real Madrid have won La Liga this season and Ancelotti has now achieved the unique achievement of winning all the top 5 European Championships. In the playoffs of the Champions League, PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City were knocked out in dramatic fashion. The path of Real Madrid in the tournament is marked by feats and incredible comebacks with the manifestation of a truly heroic character.

Black magic is the only explanation for Real Madrid's victories.  Seriously, how is this even possible?
Black magic is the only explanation for Real Madrid’s victories. Seriously, how is this even possible?

Karim Benzema at 34 reached the peak level in his career and is the main contender for the Golden Ball. Only Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have a chance to take away the award from him if they win the Champions League final. To praise Real Madrid’s achievements so far in the 2021/2022 season can be long, but it’s hard not to notice the club’s exemplary work in the transfer market with an eye to next year.

Signing Rüdiger

Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger, 29, has signed a contract with Real Madrid until 2026. Officially, the transfer of a football player should be announced after the Champions League final. Rüdiger’s salary will be €9-10m after taxes. Antonio has already passed the medical examination for the Madrid club. The contract included a €400 million release clause.

Antonio Rüdiger

Antonio Rüdiger

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Important is the fact that Rudiger is moving to Madrid as a free agent. In the Champions League playoffs, it became clear that Real Madrid needed to strengthen their central defense well. Chelsea and Manchester City players felt too at ease, sometimes only luck and the brilliant game of goalkeeper Thibault Courtois saved. Depth and quality at Real Madrid have improved as a centre-back. Eder Militao will have a worthy partner, and David Alaba will return to a well-known position on the left.

Contract renewals

“Real” is going to extend the contracts of a number of important performers. Luka Modric will definitely remain at the Madrid club – the new contract will run until June 2023 with the option of extending for another season. Luca made the decision a few months ago. Modric wants to play at the Santiago Bernabeu after its renovation is completed. Real Madrid and personally club president Florentino Perez want the Croat to stay in the team.

In the near future, negotiations will be held with the 36-year-old football player. In addition, Modric was offered the opportunity to enter the sports structure at the end of his playing career. Luca dreams of ending his career at Real Madrid. For this reason, he continues to actively keep himself in shape to match the level of the club. Modric is the soul and heart of Real Madrid, so the extension of the cooperation seems to be a very logical and correct decision, not only in terms of productivity on the football field. Such personalities are very important in the locker room.

Luka Modric with cup

Luka Modric with cup

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In addition, at the end of the season, Real Madrid will negotiate a new contract with Vinicius Junior. The new agreement of the footballer will be calculated until June 2027, it will provide for an increase in wages. The parties are very optimistic, the Brazilian wants to stay at the club. Everyone at Real Madrid, including the coaching staff, management and players, holds Vinicius in high regard and sees him as an important player for the present and future of the club.

Real Madrid also intend to extend the contract with the defender Eder Militao. The position did not change even after reaching an agreement with Rüdiger. The Brazilian will be offered a contract until 2027.

Defender Nacho is expected to extend his contract with Real Madrid until 2024. The previous agreement expires in 2023. Nacho is a Real Madrid graduate and has been in the first team since 2011. It is important to maintain continuity. Nacho is not the ideal defender for the team, but Real Madrid seem to value his versatility.

Negotiations for a new contract are underway with Marco Asensio, who has changed agents and is now working with Jorge Mendes. Midfielder Dani Ceballos is another performer who could sign a new deal with Real Madrid. He has already received a formal offer to extend his contract, which expires in the summer of 2023. So far, there is no specifics on Asensio and Ceballos. Their potential loss won’t be critical, but saving them won’t be such a bad decision either.

“Only one person can stop Benzema from winning the Ballon d'Or.  Will Karim be brazenly deprived of the award?
“Only one person can stop Benzema from winning the Ballon d’Or. Will Karim be brazenly deprived of the award?

Parting with expensive assets and the absence of the transfer of Haaland

Left-back Marcelo, winger Gareth Bale and midfielder Isco are likely to leave Real Madrid. Famous and iconic names for Real Madrid, but any era ends sooner or later. It is possible to find a quality replacement for all of them. The sale of the mentioned trio can give € 75-100 million for transfers, among which Monaco defender Aurélien Tchouameni is a priority.

In the case of Real Madrid, the best action can be called an imperfect action. Real Madrid avoided the purchase of Erling Haaland from Borussia. The Norwegian went to Manchester City.

The main transfer of 2022 has taken place!  Man City took Haaland very cheaply
The main transfer of 2022 has taken place! Man City took Haaland very cheaply

The Madrid club until recently did not rule out the option of inviting the 21-year-old striker, but still did not make an offer on the contract. According to Spanish media reports, the management specifically did not go out to Haaland so as not to embarrass the PSG striker Kylian Mbappe, the main goal of the club. Real Madrid have always made it clear that even in the event of the transfer of Haaland, they see Mbappe as the leader of the team. In Madrid, they are convinced that Karim Benzema will be able to play at the top level for at least two more seasons. Holland would simply look like an extra element in such a system.

Financial aspects also played an important role in Real Madrid’s refusal to transfer Erling Haaland. The move of the Norwegian to Manchester City only on paper looks cheap enough (€75m release clause under the contract with Borussia), but €49m will go to the football player’s representatives and agents, and another €125m will have to be spent on salaries under a five-year contract, including signing bonus. It is possible that City will regret this move in the near future, since it is not yet clear how Haaland will prove himself at the Premier League level, and the player will clearly have to adapt to Guardiola’s football. Mbappe looks like a more reliable option, although he is not yet officially a Real Madrid player and if he becomes one, it is unclear under what conditions.

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The composition of Real Madrid is not an analogue of the phenomenal Galacticos. Financial opportunities are now more modest. However, now the Madrid club is getting results and making smart and sometimes even brilliant moves in the transfer market in order to maintain a high-set bar next season.


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