- Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are among the players out of contract at Real Madrid this summer
- Los Blancos have previously opted for an unchanged approach to squad members aged over 30, giving them one-year contract extensions
- Meanwhile, they are expected to help the club defend their Champions League crowns and clinch an elusive Copa del Rey title since 2013/14
Real Madrid could have a chunk of their tried and tested players exit the doors of the club in the summer.
The La Liga giants are currently in a transitional phase of fading out their experienced core for the next generation.
Fresh faces such as Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and their ilk are expected to fill the big shoes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and co, who could exit the club this summer.
Kroos and Modric are part of a seven-man contingent nearing their end at the Santiago Bernabeu. Sports Brief takes a look at this set of players whose contracts end in 90 days.
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1. Karim Benzema
Perhaps the biggest name on the list of players whose contract comes to an end after the season.
Benzema, the current Ballon d'Or holder, has grown from playing the supporting role of Cristiano Ronaldo to being the main man for Los Blancos.
The Frenchman has come in handy for Madrid in key games, particularly with the Champions League last 16 triumph over Liverpool.
His time at the Santiago Bernabeu is nearing an end, with his current deal on the brink of coming to an end. It's said the club intends to open contract negotiations with the 35-year-old in April.
2. Toni Kroos
One of the remaining midfield trio comprising Luka Modric and Casemiro, which dominated Europe and led Real Madrid to an unprecedented three-peat in the Champions League.
The former German international opted to retire from the national side to prolong his club career in 2021, and he remains a key player for Los Blancos.
According to Football Transfers, Kroos' current deal with Madrid comes to an end on June 30.
The 32-year-old has consistently stated his preference to remain in Madrid.
3. Marco Asensio
Asensio is out of contract in the summer and has options elsewhere. Strangely, Real Madrid seems reluctant to offer the Spaniard a larger role in the team or the corresponding salary that he desires.
Speaking about the situation of Asensio, transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano told Caught Offside:
“Talks continue between Real Madrid and Asensio. There’s no final decision yet. His agent already spoke with English clubs last summer, but it’s Asensio who has to decide: new deal or leave on a free."
4. Luka Modric
Toni Kroos' partner-in-crime, Luka Modric, is ageing like fine wine and faces a similar situation like his midfield counterpart.
His contract expires in the summer, and terms over a new deal have not yet been agreed upon with Madrid, per 90Min.
He has downplayed reports linking him to Saudi Arabia, insisting he has no desire to leave Los Blancos just yet.
Modric said: "I know the press always has to write news, but I said the same many times, and I repeat that I want to stay at Real Madrid.
"I'd love to retire at Real Madrid. That would be fantastic. We will see."
5. Dani Ceballos
Ceballos signed a six-year contract for the La Liga giants for a transfer fee of around €18 million on July 2017 but has since been on loans and playing a peripheral role at the club.
The former Real Betis midfield stalwart is held in high esteem at Madrid and is deemed the perfect replacement for the Luka Modric and Toni Kroos duo, who are nearing the end of their careers.
Despite his reported intentions of returning to his old stomping grounds, negotiations for a possible extension have been ongoing.
6. Nacho Fernandez
Nacho Fernandez has been important for Real Madrid since making his debut in 2011 but has largely been used sparingly and as a makeshift in the absence of mainstay players.
Regardless, he has made 298 appearances and lifted 22 trophies. His long association with the club could come to an end this summer if he doesn't extend his current deal.
7. Mariano Diaz
A name most Madrid fans have forgotten, Mariano Diaz, still exists in their books but could leave in the summer.
He will best fit the description of "good riddance" for most Madridistas after spending the majority of his time with the club warming the bench.
The 29-year-old has seemingly taken a stance of seeing out the final year of his contract and is the least favourite among the seven players to renew his deal with Los Blancos.