Should Real Madrid renew Lucas Vazquez’s contract?

31 May 2020

Lucas Vazquez‘s Real Madrid deal expires on June 30, 2021, and still there is no news of a renewal.

He, alongside Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric, is one of the players who have given the most value for money in recent years at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Let’s not forget that Los Blancos re-signed Lucas from Espanyol for just one million euros in the summer of 2015.

Since then, he has been outstanding, but there is still a debate over whether his contract should be extended or not.

Zinedine Zidane thinks very highly of the winger, who will turn 29 on July 1, and has shown plenty of trust in him during his time as first team coach.

The club also values his professionalism, but they know they can’t keep too many players in and around the first team squad.

Lucas currently fights for a place on the right wing with Gareth BaleMarco Asensio and Rodrygo Goes, with Vinicius Junior also able to play there.

It’s only natural for Real Madrid to be looking towards the future and, up against AsensioRodrygo and ViniciusLucas can’t win that battle.

Zidane’s untouchable

Lucas made a good first impression under Zidane, who played him in 14 of Real Madrid‘s 17 remaining league fixtures after taking over in the 2015/16 season, as well as in the Champions League semi-final tie against Manchester City and the final against Atletico Madrid.

In that Champions League final in Milan, the Spaniard took and scored Real Madrid‘s first penalty in the shoot-out.

His performances towards the end of that season saw him selected by Vicente del Bosque for Spain‘s Euro 2016 campaign in France.

During the following campaign, Lucas made 50 appearances in all competitions as Los Blancos won a LaLiga Santander and Champions League double.

No one, not even Karim Benzema (48 appearances), Toni Kroos (48) or Cristiano Ronaldo (46), played as many games as the former Espanyol man.

Lucas made even more appearances (53) the next season as Zidane‘s side lifted a third successive Champions League trophy.

Only Asensio played as many games as Lucas that campaign.

The Spain international made a telling contribution in the knockout stages of the Champions League, forcing the penalty that allowed Cristiano to send Real Madrid through against Juventus in the last eight.

In the semi-finals, he played 180 minutes over two legs against Bayern Munich, although he didn’t feature in the final in Kiev.

Even when Zidane stepped down that summer, Lucas remained a firm favourite for the Frenchman’s successors, Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, and that trend continued when Zidane was re-appointed towards the tail end of the 2018/19 campaign.

Last season, he made 47 appearances in all competitions, second only to Benzema‘s 53.

This campaign, however, Lucas has suffered with injuries for the first time in his career and hasn’t played as much as a result.

The form of players like Vinicius and Rodrygo has also meant a reduction in his playing time, but Zidane has never lost faith in him.

Now the question remains: should Real Madrid renew Lucas‘ contract or not?

Zidane knows his answer.

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