Karim Benzema leads quartet of Real Madrid contract renewals

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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.

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Despite being the joint-highest active scorer for the French national team, Karim Benzema hasn’t turned out for his nation since October 2015 after his alleged blackmail of international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

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.

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