Real Madrid currently boast one of the best squads in Europe, but some big stars could be set to depart if they don’t sign a new deal soon.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side currently sit second in La Liga and are one of the favourites for the Champions League this season. The squad has an average age of 27.2 and is a good blend of youth and experience.
We’ve further looked into their squad and picked out the seven players who could leave on a free transfer in the summer if their contracts aren’t renewed.
The current Ballon d’Or holder has missed a chunk of this season through injury, but he does look more than likely to stick around in Spain. The Frenchman had the most prolific season of his career last year, scoring 44 goals across all competitions.
Fabrizio Romano reported in October last year that the 35-year-old would be offered a one-year extension but nothing has been officially confirmed since. Benzema does have admirers in the Premier League but is more than likely going to stick around for at least another year.
Asensio’s future is much more up in the air as the Spanish playmaker has fallen down the pecking order at Madrid. He has come into form over the last few months though, with six goal contributions in his last seven matches.
Romano has told Caught Offside that: “Talks continue between Real Madrid and Asensio. There’s no final decision yet. His agent already spoke with English clubs last summer, but it’s Asensio who has to decide: new deal or leave on a free.”
The 33-year-old is still an important player for Madrid and has featured in the majority of their games this season. He recently hinted that he will be signing a new one-year deal with the club.
“Everything is on the right track, but I also respect what the club wants: how and when it communicates,” he told reporters. “There is a good relationship that I have with the club over the years and this issue has already been discussed for a while.”
The Croatian midfielder has more than stood the test of time as he is still arguably the best midfielder in the world at 37. He was a star in the World Cup once again for Croatia and he is still vital to the way Madrid plays.
Modric has reportedly turned down the chance to reunite with his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo as he pushed back a lucrative offer from Al-Nassr.
The future looks bright for Real Madrid in midfield with stars like Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde all coming through, but Modric still remains to be the linchpin in the middle. Madrid just wouldn’t be the same without him.
I could watch this Luka Modrić pass all day. pic.twitter.com/p0I3cLOPnA
— EuroFoot (@eurofootcom) January 3, 2023
The Spanish midfielder has been with Real Madrid since 2017 and he has mostly been a squad player during his time with the club.
In that time he also spent two years on loan with Arsenal and he now faces a decision over his future.
Nacho has won it all with Real Madrid, with three league titles and five Champions League trophies. The 32-year-old has spent his entire career at the Santiago Bernabeu and he has racked up over 280 appearances for the club in that time.
Recent reports have claimed that contract negotiations between the player and club are ongoing and so the defender could be weighing up his options for the future. Fernandez has interest from England, Italy and from outside Europe.
Diaz has played a grand total of 56 minutes across all competitions this season and so it would be no real surprise to see him being moved on. Since his return to Madrid in 2018 he has scored seven goals in 67 appearances.
He didn’t quite live up to the famous number seven shirt, but he did score a worldie upon his return to Madrid to be fair to him.
On a night when Real Madrid's old #7 dominated the headlines…
Real Madrid's new #7 made some of his own!
Mariano Diaz take a bow 👌 pic.twitter.com/km1ousbHuH
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2018