REAL MADRID

Major 'changing of the guard' at Real Madrid set for 2022

Seven established first team players will see their respective contracts expire on 30 June (2022): Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Isco, Bale and Karim Benzema.

Major 'changing of the guard' at Real Madrid set for 2022
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In recent years, only the Eden Hazard acquisition has seen the Santiago Bernabéu club pay more than a 100 million euro for a new signing with a wind of economic change blowing through the offices at the club from the Spanish capital. A major upheaval in personnel is anticipated in 2022 with veteran first team players, Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Isco, Bale and Benzema all out of contract. All were instrumental in recent Real Madrid Champions League successes as were Modric, James, Lucas and Sergio Ramos who will see their deals expire in 2021. It unlikely that all these individuals will leave the club but it's clear that a generational overhaul is soon to happen at the club.

New strike-force

Kylian Mbappé is still well at the top of the 'wanted list' for club president Florentino Perez  with the striker's deal at PSG set to run out in 2022. Madrid's strategy is to make a swoop for the player next season when one year remains on the deal. The Parisian side will attempt to renegotiate terms with the 21-year-old with Madrid waiting in the wings, poised to pounce should both sides fail to reach an agreement.

Norwegian striker Haaland has been one of the major talking points of the interrupted 2019/20 season with his goalscoring prowess very much intact following his winter move from RB Salzburg to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund. A 'verbal agreement' has been established between his agent Mino Raiola and Real Madrid though Dortmund will refuse any move away from the Signal Iduna park until June 2022. Fast forward to the start of the 2022/23 season and Real Madrid fans will be hoping to see an attacking trio of Mbappé, Haaland and Eden Hazard lining up in the white shirt.

Central midfielder Fede Valverde has enjoyed a fine season with the Uruguayan offering an alternative to the ageing Luka Modric and his success points the fine work of the club's development system. Isco is out of contract in 2022 and the likes of Odegaard, Camavinga or Fabián Ruiz have been cited as heirs to the central midfield throne with the returning from injury Marco Asensio also anxious to stake a claim for a future at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Defensive concerns

The bulk of the players out of contract in 2022 are defenders with it likely Marcelo will move on given his age with a natural successor in place in Mendy. At right back, Dani Carvajal will be 30-years-old come June 2022 and Moroccan international Achraf is the Spaniard's heir to this position which has been compounded after his impressive loan spell with Borussia Dortmund.

Varane and Nacho will be 29 and 32 respectively come 2022 with 22 year old Militao a natural successor at centre back. Club captain Sergio Ramos' deal is over in 2021 and negotiations have yet to commence in trying to secure an extension for the veteran defender. RB Leipzig's Dayot Upoecampo is a name that has recently been linked with a move to the Spanish capital as plans to a new post-2022 era for the club are very much on the radar.