Real Madrid have worked diligently to wrap up their star players in long-term contracts to avoid complications in the off-season, extending the deals of Karim Benzema, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo and Isco in the last week.
29-year-old Frenchman Karim Benzema, who has been at the club since a €35 million move from Olympique Lyonnais in 2009, has extended his current deal until 2021.
He has won 14 trophies in his Real Madrid career – three of which are UEFA Champions League titles – scoring 181 times in 371 appearances.
Following the most prolific league campaign of his career in 2015/16, where he netted 24 La Liga goals from 27 appearances, fortune appears to have turned against the 29-year-old in the goalscoring department.
He’s netted just 10 times in 2017, seven of which came in the league, and recorded the second-lowest scoring tally of his Real Madrid career in 2016/17: 19 goals from 48 appearances.
Real Madrid have nonetheless stuck by the Frenchman, hoping he can rediscover the goalscoring touch from the majority of his career; he netted at least 20 goals in all competitions from 2011 until 2016.
Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo and Isco renewed their deals until 2022, with the latter agreeing to a contract including an extraordinary release clause.