Real Madrid: Another defender is close to signing an extension

Real Madrid, Dani Carvajal (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Dani Carvajal (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images) /

There’s been a lot of talk about Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid closing in on an extension, but he isn’t the only defender Los Blancos want to keep for a while.

The back four of Ferland Mendy, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, and Dani Carvajal was Europe’s best in 2019-2020, carrying Real Madrid to a 34th La Liga title. This defense should be intact for the next two years, as Los Blancos are doing whatever they can to extend Ramos, who has a two-year offer on the table.

But he’s not the only defender Los Merengues want to extend for the long term, as they are working on an even lengthier extension with right back Dani Carvajal.

Currently out with an injury, Carvajal’s importance to Real has been magnified in his absence. He’s been the most reliable right back in the world for the last five years, and it’s easy to take the 28-year-old for granted.

Real Madrid are close to signing Dani Carvajal to an extension until he turns 32

According to a report from MARCA’s Jose Felix Diaz, Real Madrid and Dani Carvajal are close to an extension that will keep the right back signed through the 2023-2024 season. By then, the player will be over the age of 30 and ready to yield his spot in the squad to someone else. Maybe Los Blancos will buy back Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan.

In any case, Carvajal is a part of Real’s near future. It’s impossible to think of a right back Los Blancos would rather have than him, because his all-around game is just so good. Carvajal adds a lot to the attack with his dribbling ability and passing into the box, and he’s a great defensive presence in the tackle, even if he’s an imperfect defender.

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While Carvajal will slow down as his contract continues, he is currently in the prime of his career and can stand toe-to-toe with anyone as the world’s best right back. When his extension runs out, assuming he signs it, he will be 32 and ready to transition into a limited role as a veteran presence like fellow club legend Marcelo has.