Real Madrid are building the future with Endrick and Jude Bellingham but there could be casualties at the end of the season.
Endrick will join Real in the summer of 2024, when he turns 18, after agreeing terms on a €72million move from Palmeiras. Bellingham continues to be courted by Liverpool and Manchester City as well as Real but los Blancos would be happy to sign him.
Real are the current champions of Spain and Europe, so the need for major surgery may not seem pronounced, but among this season’s starters Luka Modric is 37, Karim Benzema 35 and Toni Kroos 33.
“Between [ces trois joueurs]at least one of them will leave the club at the end of the season,” Josep Pedrerol told Spanish broadcaster El Chiringuito TV.
Endrick is Benzema’s long-term replacement as Real’s No.9, so a stop-gap solution would have to be found if he leaves with a year to go before the teenager arrives. Brazilian number 9 Richarlison, who is currently playing out of position, if at all, at Tottenham Hotspur, has been mooted as a solution.
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Benzema has long spoken of his desire to return to his first club and even presented his recently won Ballon d’Or at Groupama Stadium ahead of a Ligue 1 encounter against Nice in November.
If Real win the race for Bellingham, it should speed up the departures of their fellow midfielders Modric and Kroos.
Casemiro joined Manchester United for €80m last summer after Real agreed to pay Monaco €100m for Aurélien Tchouameni, and it is suspected his former midfield partners have already seen writing on the wall.
In recent weeks, Modric and Kroos have both been linked with Al Nassr, Cristiano Ronaldo’s club, although speculation that Kroos, despite being the youngest of the three players in question, is ready to retire, continue to increase.
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