Ancelotti expects Benzema, Modric, Kroos to extend stay at Real Madrid

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates scoring their third goal with Luka Modric in their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain on 5 April 2023Reuters

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti expects the trio of Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos to extend their stay at the LaLiga club with new deals after their current contracts expire at the end of this season.

Ballon d’Or winner Benzema, 35, and 37-year-old Croatia midfielder Modric have helped Real win five Champions League titles, while ex-Germany international Kroos, 33, has won four.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates scoring their fourth goal to complete his hat-trick against FC Barcelona

Though Modric and fellow midfielder Kroos have played slightly less this season, former France forward Benzema is Real’s top scorer with 25 goals in all competitions.

Ancelotti said the club are in talks with the players about new deals.

“I think (they) will stay,” Ancelotti said on Friday. “We have to evaluate the players not by their age but by what they do.

Real Madrid's Toni Kroos

“You can think the three don’t have the physical profile or energy of the younger players, but what these three have in terms of game management is unique, you can’t buy it on any market in the world.

“This is born with experience - age takes something from you, but it gives you something back as well.”

Real are second in LaLiga on 59 points, 12 behind rivals and leaders Barcelona. They host Villarreal later on Saturday.