Real Madrid nail down the CMK

The BBC front line of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo may attract most of the headlines and the fame, but Real Madrid’s CMK midfield engine room of Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos is just as important in making the team tick.

That is why Los Blancos have done all they can to tie the three midfielders to the capital city club for the foreseeable future.

For at least three more seasons, the midfield trio will be able to line up together in the team’s preferred 4-3-3 formation, given that they are all on medium-to-long-term contracts.

Casemiro put pen to paper on a new deal in August 2015, which will run to 2021 and is especially important for Zinedine Zidane’s side as there is no natural replacement for him in defensive midfield, as Los Blancos have discovered during his recent injury.

His Croatian colleague, meanwhile, has a contract with the club until 2020.

Although he is already 31-years-old, Florentino Perez and the rest of the club’s hierarchy believe that Modric still has much to offer.

Then there is Kroos, who just last week extended his Real Madrid deal to 2022, having previously been on one that ran until 2020.

With a further two years, Kroos now has the chance to make more history with the club, with Casemiro and Modric alongside him.

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