Real Madrid is not in rush for No.9 replacement: Two more years of Benzema
Karim Benzema is untouchable at Real Madrid, according to Florentino Perez. Coach Carlo Ancelotti shares this viewpoint, and he is unlikely to modify his mind.
The striker’s contract at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu has one year remaining on it, but the club’s officials are certain that he will stay for two more years, until June 2024. They expect a contract renewal to be agreed upon soon.
At Real Madrid, there is no doubt about that, which means there is less of a rush to acquire another center-forward. There’s no rush, and it won’t happen this summer unless the market or the necessity to sell at the last minute forces it.
This has been made quite plain by the president. He is not going to sign just to sign, and he will take the time necessary to find a striker who will be a focal point for the club’s assault for years to come.
The job at hand for the club is to find a replacement for Benzema, and it is far from simple.
Ancelotti is well aware of this and, when pressed, remains unfazed.
Last summer, Ancelotti declared, “We’ll come up with something.”
A difficult search
The hunt is on, but everyone at Real Madrid knows it will be lengthy and difficult.
Kylian Mbappe’s arrival and the idea of him playing as a No.9 would have made things simpler, but that is now history, and Real Madrid is no longer considering about the Paris Saint-Germain striker.
That chapter has come to an end, at least for the time being, and the circumstances would have to drastically shift for him to re-enter their plans. Mbappe’s popularity has shifted in the Spanish capital as well.
Now is the moment to pay attention, track the progress of particular players, and address difficulties, as Fede Valverde, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Rodrygo Goes, and Vinicius Junior have done.
Real Madrid may rely on the two Brazilians and Benzema as attacking references for the season, which begins on August 12 in Helsinki, but there is also Eden Hazard, who must demonstrate devotion to daily effort, perseverance, and make the most of his possibilities.
The market isn’t closed, but it’s also not completely open. Real Madrid will sell before bringing in new players, and the first step will be to find a home for the loaned players.
Then there’s Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, Luka Jovic, and a slew of others.