The latest Real Madrid player to agree terms on a new deal is midfielder Fede Valverde, who has penned a contract extension until 2027.
The 23-year-old’s previous contract was set to expire in 2025, but Real Madrid have opted to tie down his long-term future at the club. In fact, Valverde’s new deal means that he now has the longest contract in the squad.
Valverde joined Real Madrid back in January 2016 after waiting at Penarol until he was able to head to Spain, and after a couple of years in which he had been playing for Castilla and was sent out on loan to Deportivo La Coruna, he was given his chance to play at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Julen Lopetegui decided in the summer of 2018 that he wanted to keep Valverde in and around Real Madrid’s first-team squad, but it wasn’t until he was dismissed and Santiago Solari replaced him as head coach that the Uruguayan midfielder really took off.
Then, under Zinedine Zidane, Valverde became a more athletic option in the middle three and even filled in at right-back, as he notably did against Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions League last season.
Despite the fact that Valverde dealt with some injury problems last season, he has been in high demand and Bayern Munich had dreamt of prying him away from Real Madrid, but this contract renewal should put those rumours to bed.
Valverde has already played 104 games for Real Madrid and, with the historic midfield trio of Casemiro (29), Toni Kroos (32) and Luka Modric (35) all getting older, it won’t be long until he is the fulcrum in midfield.