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Real Madrid veteran duo keen on thrashing out new contracts

Real Madrid, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema
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Real Madrid veterans Luka Modric and Karim Benzema are keen to pledge their futures to the club despite having entered autumn of their careers.

Modric and Benzema have been faithful servants for Real Madrid over the course of the last decade. The pair have played prominent roles in the club’s recent European and domestic success.

And despite entering the twilight years of their careers respectively, they are eager to continue delivering for Los Blancos.

Benzema swapped Olympique Lyonnais for the Spanish capital in 2009 and has gone on to lift four Champions League crowns and three LaLiga titles.

During his trophy-laden spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Frenchman has clocked up 250 goals, becoming Real Madrid’s all-time fifth-best goal-scorer.

With at least two more years of top-flight football in his legs, he could be aiming at breaking into all-time top-three.

The 32-year-old has been shouldering much of the goal-scoring burden since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus in 2018.

Therefore, Benzema is more relaxed about his contractual situation in Madrid of the two.

Speaking of his future at Real Madrid, the prolific striker has earlier said: “I don’t know how long I’ll still be able to play at a high level, I go season by season.”

“I have a contract until 2022, and we are going to see. Of course, I will always leave the door of my house open for Florentino [Perez],” he told AS.

As for Modric, he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2012 and has since become an indispensable first-team player.

Alongside the likes of Toni Kroos and Casemiro, the 35-year-old has been carrying the team’s midfield forward throughout the past six years.

The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner has less than 12 months left on his contract at the club. Despite his immense contribution to Real Madrid’s success over the years, his age could throw a spanner in the works of the new deal.

Worried about his status in the capital, Modric is said to be willing to fight tooth and nail to earn an extension.

“I don’t know [if Real will offer me a new contract,” the Croat told Marca.

“I don’t like to talk hypothetically.

“Sure, I would like to continue, but it does not depend on me, it depends on what the club and the coach want.

“I think I still have football to be important at Real Madrid. My wish would be to finish my career at Real Madrid, but I don’t want to be a problem.

“I am sure that we will reach an agreement, whatever it is, if I renew or if I go somewhere else. I feel at home.”