Real Madrid are facing a crucial period right now, with several of their star players having their contracts expiring at the end of the season.
The long list of players includes stars such as Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, along with Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz and Nacho Fernandez.
The senior trifecta of Kroos, Modric, and Benzema has been in focus largely, as all three of them are still considered essential to the Real Madrid first team even though each one of the stars is currently in the final phase of their career.
Given the fact all three of the seniors have been serving the club for a long time, one would expect them to continue for at least another before seeking another adventure or hanging up their boots entirely.
However, according to Josep Pedrerol of El Chiringuito, Real Madrid are expected to lose at least one of the three players in the coming summer.
This could put immediate focus on Benzema, who has struggled with fitness this season. The club have also made efforts to find a long-term replacement for the Frenchman in the market and there could be fears that the veteran forward may face fierce competition for a place in the first-team next season.
As for Modric, the midfielder has shown the desire to continue at Santiago Bernabeu. Even though the Croatian has received a lucrative offer from Al Nassr, he is determined to play at the highest level of football and is not expected to decide his future until 2024.
Kroos, meanwhile, appears to be the likeliest to leave. The German does not necessarily want to move elsewhere, but there are fears that he may announce an early retirement.
Therefore, it will be interesting to see how things transpire over the coming months, as Real Madrid step up their efforts to keep hold of their senior stars.