Real Madrid have been on an extending spree this summer, handing out new contracts or contract extensions to its players. Luka Modric, Thibaut Courtois, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, and Karim Benzema have all agreed to stay for longer spells with Los Blancos.
The latest entrant in this list is Uruguayan midfielder Fede Valverde who, though already contracted till 2025, added two more years to his deal.
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) August 24, 2021
Furthermore, apart from increasing his wages significantly, his release clause has also been bumped up to €1bn. In that regard, FootTheBall looks at the enormous release clause in place under Florentino Perez.
KARIM BENZEMA- €1 BN
The French striker has been at the club since 2009, but has often been undervalued during the famed run of the ‘BBC.’ Nevertheless, he remains an extremely pivotal part of the setup and has hit 20+ goals each season since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
📊 | 𝗞𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗺 𝗕𝗲𝗻𝘇𝗲𝗺𝗮 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗠𝗮𝗱𝗿𝗶𝗱:
• 1st in most assists in the club history (143)
• 5th in most goals in the club history (281)
• 10th in most appperances in the club history (560)
— 𝗥𝗠𝗢𝗻𝗹𝘆 (@ReaIMadridOnly) August 20, 2021
Benzema signed a one-year extension to his contract which is now set to expire in 2023.
FEDE VALVERDE- €1 BN
The midfield engine has developed into a key member of the team over recent seasons and this upgrade is a just reward for the 23-year-old. With Toni Kroos and Luka Modric ageing, Valverde is the perfect replacement for them already at the club. His versatility to also play right-back or on the right-flank is an added bonus.
DAVID ALABA- €850 M
The newest member of Real Madrid and a vastly experienced one. Alaba signed on a free transfer from Bayern Munich to fill the gaps left by Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.
I leave a special club for another special club. I am really happy and honored to join Real Madrid. After so many years in Munich I will face a new challenge and I will give my best to continue the club's special history. @realmadrid pic.twitter.com/1qyo1wMcy1
— David Alaba (@David_Alaba) May 28, 2021
Perez will hope the Austrian is the man to ably handle the back-line and his eye-watering deal sees him claim second spot amongst the highest release clauses at the club and indeed across the world.
LUKA MODRIC- €750 M
The 2018 Ballon D’Or winner has been at the heart of Madrid’s midfield along with partner-in-crime Toni Kroos. Having already made over 350 appearances, he remains one of the best passers in the game with exemplary ball playing skills.
📊| Luka Modrić vs Alaves:
7/7 Long Balls
94.3% Pass accuracy
2 Key Passes
3 Big Chances Created
6 Duels won
Class is permanent. 🇭🇷 pic.twitter.com/j34DTZ0Dvh
— Madrid Xtra. (@MadridXtra) January 23, 2021
With his contract set to run out this year, the 35-year-old extended the deal for one more year.
BRAHIM DIAZ- €750 M
The young striker joined Madrid in 2019, signing a six-year deal but has struggled to break into the first team. Diaz only made six league appearances in 2019-20 before being loaned out to AC Milan last term. The Italians clearly liked what they saw as they have taken him on loan for an additional two years starting from this campaign.
MARCO ASENSIO- €700 M
The Spanish winger has been in-and-out of the squad since joining in 2017 and has seen a dip in form of late. An average campaign at the Tokyo Olympics has put further pressure on Asensio to rediscover some of his best form if he hopes to get an extension.
ISCO- €700 M
One of the least used players during the second tenure of previous manager Zinedine Zidane, Isco has often been linked with a move away. Carlo Ancelotti has made no moves to offload the versatile midfielder and Isco will look to gain more minutes this term.
Isco in the first half for Real Madrid:
– completed 3 out of 3 dribbles (most)
– completed 100% of 35 his passes (most)
– 3 tackles (most)
— La Liga Lowdown 🧡🇪🇸⚽️ (@LaLigaLowdown) August 22, 2021
However, that might prove to be difficult even now given the depth of Madrid’s richness in that area.
VINICIUS JR.- €700 M
The Brazilian youngster has been an energetic spark down the left for Madrid, as he continues to build up his chemistry with Benzema. Blessed with electric pace and an eye for goal, Los Blancos will help Vinicius keep on developing at a rapid rate in order to challenge for silverware soon.
THIBAUT COURTOIS €700 M
Having established himself as the clear number one with the departure of Keylor Navas in 2019, Courtois has been an assured presence in goal.
✍️ COURTOIS 2⃣0⃣2⃣6⃣
Real Madrid have confirmed that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2026.
— La Liga Lowdown 🧡🇪🇸⚽️ (@LaLigaLowdown) August 16, 2021
Moreover, he acts as a mentor for the young goalkeepers in the team and his continued good performances have seen him extend his current deal to 2026.
TONI KROOS- €500M
With the German in midfield, it is always the season of “Kroos control.” Expert at dictating the tempo of the game with his gameplay and pinpoint passes, Kroos was imperious during Madrid’s three consecutive Champions League triumphs. That earned him a new contract which runs till 2023.
DANI CEBALLOS- €500M
Another player who fell out of favour under Zidane. Ceballos spent the past two seasons with Arsenal with hopes of convincing his employers of his undeniable talent. Having been involved at the Olympics with Spain, he suffered a serious injury upon returning that has ruled him out for many months.
GARETH BALE- €500M
An enigmatic player who often leaves fans scratching their heads. Bale started his career brilliantly including that UEFA Champions League performance in 2018.
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 22, 2021
However, it has been rather underwhelming since then with the Welshman drawing the ire on more than one occasion. It remains to be seen what he does after his current deal ends next year.
DANI CARVAJAL- €350M
Having developed into a key starter as a right-back, Carvajal’s long absences last term did hamper Madrid’s title charge. Now that he is back and ready to fire, the board moved quickly in extending his stay till 2025 as he will become a trusted lieutenant of Ancelotti.
EDEN HAZARD- €250M
The Belgian captain signed to much fanfare in 2019, but has been plagued with injuries and poor form. His effectiveness on the pitch has decreased gradually as he is no longer a starter for Ancelotti’s 11. Nevertheless, he is still at the club and looks to finally put his troubles behind him in order to rejuvenate his career.
TAKEFUSA KUBO- €250M
The Japanese technician had a brilliant Olympics which led many to think that he might finally be getting his chance at Madrid. That was not to be as he was loaned out to Mallorca, his third consecutive one since 2019. He remains an extremely sharp player, who will definitely have much more important roles to play in the future.
The captain of Los Blancos has been with the club since 2004 and is a constant threat down the left flank. Marcelo is an expert at combining with the winger ahead of him while also being heavily relied upon to provide crosses.
⚪️ Marcelo's Real Madrid record 👏
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 12, 2021
With the exits of two senior pros, Marcelo also has the responsibility of overseeing the youngsters under his wing as a leader.
NACHO FERNANDEZ- €200M
The centre-back/right-back’s value has slowly increased with time and he looks set to become one of the fixtures in defence. Nacho has already signed a two-year contract to stay till 2023 with alternatives hard to find in this pandemic affected market, he will be targeting a recall for the national side as well.
The defensive midfield supremo will continue his hard-tackling ways The Brazilian has been a fixture of the side and has turned himself into one of the world’s best. There looks to be no sign of him leaving anytime soon given he is one of the senior pros as well.
LUCAS VASQUEZ- €150M
The winger-turned-wingback had some trouble adapting to his new position last term but will continue to see game time. Vasquez’s return from injury will be a welcome addition to the squad and his new deal sees him remain at the club till 2024.
JESUS VALLEJO- €100M
Spain’s U-23 captain has been loaned out regularly since his arrival in 2015. There does not appear to be another loan spell on the horizon, however, as the club has registered him for the 2021-22 season.
Real Madrid have a new No 5⃣ https://t.co/suvUDpavKq
— Football España (@footballespana_) August 21, 2021
With the defence of Madrid undergoing a shift in personnel, this seems to be the best time for Vallejo to gain a place in the matchday squads.