For the last five years or so, the football world has been amazed and entertained by the level of skill at Real Madrid.
Some of the best in the world presented themselves at Real Madrid and played some of their best football wearing the white jersey. It was because so many were at the height of their careers that the club was able to claim the trophies they did including the back-to-back-to-back Champions League titles.
It was only a matter of time for the fall of Real Madrid to begin and that time has come (it was, after all, the purpose behind Zinedine Zidane resigning back in the summer).
That dominant era however, has now come to an end and players who once enhanced the team’s performances are getting older, naturally. So why is it necessary to keep on extending their contracts year after year?
The older players on the team have been key factors for the clubs success over the years but now it is time Florentino Perez finds the courage to finally cut ties. Keeping the players around, whether they have a few years left in them or not, is going to do more harm than good for the team.
After the disaster that was the 2018/2019 season, it was obvious that the team needed to add some new faces to the squad and redevelop their dominance on the pitch.
As a result, lots of the players were linked with moves away from the Spanish capital and were thought to be possibly playing their last season at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale were rumoured to be heading to Manchester United, Luka Modric was thought to head to Inter Milan and Marcelo would possibly join Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.
It seems as though some of them won’t be leaving the club anytime soon. Just this week Kroos re-signed his contract with the club and will be present until 2023. Modric’s contract is rumoured to be re-signed within the next few weeks as well.
What happens with Marcelo and Bale, as well as others such as Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas remains up in the air.
The overturning of a squad is natural and players decrease in skill as they get older so there is little reasoning behind trying to squeeze out the last drops. Keeping the midfield duo only looks good on paper.
In the eyes of former managers Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, the plan for the club was to be moving forward and scouting new talent full of youth and new skills was the focal point.
Zidane also maintains this mentality and demands that he be able to bring in the players he wants to make sure the club does not have a season like they did this year. Extending contracts limits the re-development plans of the club and the overall growth of the team.
Making the move to re-create a fresh faced team is the only way to ensure the re-development of another dominant era and it needs to be done sooner than later.