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Seven Real Madrid players out of contract in 2023, who deserves a new deal?

There always comes a time when a club has to make major squad changes in order to keep winning silverware and dominating, and with seven players in the last year of their deals at Real Madrid, manager Carlo Ancelotti has some very crucial decisions to make in the coming months.

Los Blancos added two new players to their squad this summer, with Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger arriving from AS Monaco and Chelsea, respectively, while Casemiro, Borja Mayoral, Takefusa Kubo, Miguel Gutierrez, Victor Chust Luka Jovic, Isco and Gareth Bale and Marcelo all left.

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With impending changes on the cards, here is a look at the players in their last year and what to expect from Los Blancos as far as fresh deals go.

Dani Ceballos

The 26-year-old midfielder has come off the bench in all of the club's three La Liga games this season, and that could be the theme for the majority of the campaign as he is not in the starting XI and could find it hard to force his way in given those ahead of him.

Ceballos featured in 16 games across the La Liga and Champions League last season, but only two of those were starts.

It does not appear that he has a future at the Santiago Bernabeu and it is unlikely that he gets a new deal.

Karim Benzema

Despite being 34, the Frenchman has shown no signs of slowing down, simply continuing from where he stopped last season in front of goal after helping Madrid to the Spanish top-flight league and Champions League triumphs.

Benzema has bagged 30 goals in his last 35 league games and deserves to be rewarded with an extension in the coming months.

Luka Modric

The 36-year-old put pen to paper on a new one-year deal last June after his role in the club's double, and has started the new season brightly, with a goal and an assist in two league starts.

The Croatian maestro could indeed be in his last season at the Bernabeu, but no one can rule out the possibility of one last deal if he keeps on performing like this.

Marco Asensio

The 26-year-old Spanish attacker has not been able to make a starting berth permanently at Madrid, but last term was his best in front of goal at the club, emerging as their third highest goalscorer in the La Liga and across all competitions following 12 goals.

He is now in his seventh season at the club and is expected to leave at the end of the deal given that he has players ahead of him in the pecking order.

Mariano Díaz

The 29-year-old is in his second stint at the club after first leaving for Lyon in the summer of 2017.

Diaz has scored just seven goals in 59 games since returning after ending his first stint with five goals in 14 games.

He is yet to feature this season and is expected to leave at the end of the campaign or even in January.

Nacho Fernández

The versatile 32-year-old has been in Madrid all his professional career, with almost 300 appearances to his name since making his senior debut in 2011.

The Spaniard arrived in Real Madrid's youth system aged 11 back in 2001, and while he has only featured once this season, not many will bet against him getting an extension given his usefulness and reliability across the backline.

Toni Kroos

Casemiro's exit this summer ended the famed midfield partnership of the Brazilian, the German and Modric, and it is hard to imagine the club losing the other two at the end of the season.

Kroos, 32, is still going strong and will be key to Ancelotti's plans in Madrid's bid to defend the Spanish title and Champions League this season and also land the Copa del Rey - the only trophy he has not won.

It is unknown whether the former Bayern Munich star will be open to an exit and the opportunity to try out another league having won four UCL titles and three La Liga titles at the Santiago Bernabeu, but there is a feeling that the fans and everyone at the club still want him around for much longer.