Lucas Vazquez is one of a few Real Madrid players who’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season. There have been some updates the past few days that allude to how the negotiations are laying out between club and player.
According to Libertad Digital’s Sergio Valentin, Vazquez’s stance is that he is open to renewing his contract with the club but feels that he is worth more than role players who have spent significantly less time at the club.
Ya comenté un día en @eselprimerpalo que por lo que me llegaba, Lucas Vazquez no tenía claro que fuera a renovar. Él querría, claro. Pero al parecer no le parece lógico que cobre menos que otros compañeros que no llevan menos años en el club y que tienen un papel menos importante— Sergio Valentín (@SergioValent1n) January 4, 2021
“I already commented in @eselprimerpalo what came to me, Lucas Vazquez was not sure that he was going to renew. He would, of course. But apparently it does not seem logical to him that he charges less than other colleagues who have not been at the club for less years and who have a less important role.”
It makes sense where both sides seemingly stand on these negotiations. Vazquez has filled in plenty this season with all the injuries the club has sustained throughout so far. He’s had to play both right back and right wing and he’s played exceptionally well when asked to start. He’s also served his time loyally with the club coming up through the youth system.
From the club’s perspective, Vazquez will turn 30 over the summer and will likely return to more of a substitution role should the club pursue a true starter on the right side such as the much-rumored Kylian Mbappe. For the club it likely doesn’t make sense to spend too much on a renewal if they have bigger transfer plans at the same position in mind this summer.
There’s also apparently been an offer from Real Madrid that’s reportedly been rejected by Vazquez, according to COPE’s Melchor Ruiz. The reported offer was for three years and a ten percent reduction in salary.
Lucas Vázquez es el mejor jugador del R. Madrid -en todos los sentidos- (y uno de los más infravalorado de la LaLiga).— Angel Mornain (@AngelMorn9) January 4, 2021
Se lo llevará gratis otro equip (Barca o At. Madrid o se irá a la Premier) y lo petará. Y el Madrid fichará un paquete (francés) por 40 millones para sustituirle
Valentin’s tweets seemingly suggest confirmation of this given he says that Vazquez feels he is worth more and shouldn’t be seeing a salary reduction in a contract renewal. He also says that the contract offer was for a total of €9 million (3 years x €3 million).
There seems to be a ways to go in this contract saga, especially if it’s true that Vazquez has already turned down an offer made by Real Madrid. We’ll have to stay tuned as this continues to play out and see if a renewal can be agreed upon between both parties.