Carvajal given ‘dream’ extension at Real

Dani Carvajal

Dani Carvajal has experienced ‘another great day in his life’ after being handed a new five-year contract by Spanish and European champions Real Madrid.

The 25-year-old right-back is seen as a key figure at the Santiago Bernabeu, despite struggling with injuries over the past two seasons.

Carvajal was limited to 41 appearances in all competitions for Zinedine Zidane’s side last season, but he managed to start the UEFA Champions League final against Juventus as Los Blancos became the first club to successfully defend their title.

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The Spain international is now looking forward to a long, trophy-laden stay in Madrid after committing his future to the club until 2022, with the deal containing a mammoth €350 million buyout clause.

“This club is such a big part of my life so this is fulfilling a dream for me. I’m very grateful to the club,” Carvajal said at a press conference on Monday.

“It is another great day in my life, to extend my contract with the club I love, the club that is my family. I want to win everything here.

Carvajal also wasn’t above boasting about the buyout clause worked into his contract.

“The release clause is also so high so that nobody can take me away from here and I don’t want to leave.”

The Real youth product returned to the Spanish capital in 2013 after a one-year stint in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen, and he harbours ambitions of succeeding Sergio Ramos as first-team captain.

“I would be lying if I said to you that I have never imagined myself as the captain here,” he admitted.

“But if that comes, it will be a long time into the future. Our captain is Sergio Ramos and he does it wonderfully. Some day, I would like to do it, though.”