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Ancelotti confident Benzema, Modric and Kroos plan to retire at Madrid

SoccerNews in La Liga 2 Sep 2022

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Carlo Ancelotti has no concerns around the contract situations of several of his veteran Real Madrid stars, with Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos all now into the final 12 months of their existing deals.

The transfer window closed on Thursday, leaving Madrid coach Ancelotti with a squad to work with at least until January.

But there remains work to do in the coming months if this hugely successful group is to stay together beyond the end of the 2022-23 campaign.

Madrid have a host of players out of contract at the end of the season; some, like Marco Asensio, seem certain to leave, but Benzema, Modric, Kroos and Nacho are all key men.

Benzema is reportedly expected to sign a one-year extension, however, while Modric has done so in each of the past two years.

And Ancelotti sees this approach as sensible, remaining confident these top performers will stay at the Santiago Bernabeu as long as they are wanted.

“There are some players who are in the final year of their contract with the club, but that’s not an issue,” he said.

Ancelotti added: “You look at Modric, Kroos, Karim, Nacho, these are players who want to stay here until they finish their careers, sometimes signing one-year contracts.

“I don’t think having a player in the final year of his contract is an issue.

“There are a lot of clubs who have players in their final year of contract, because you’ve got to look at the economy of a club and how clubs are run.

“That’s why now we’re seeing more players reach their final year of contract.

“Look at our veteran players and what we do with them, bringing in their contracts on a yearly basis.”

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