Lucas Vázquez renewed with Real Madrid until 2024, as announced by the club this Thursday in a statement. The Galician fulfilled a contract at the end of this month and during practically the entire season the negotiations had a bad color. This is how the player himself showed it on several occasions when asked about it. However, a rapprochement of positions in recent weeks, caused by an improvement in the offer of the entity, made possible the agreement with one of the most revalued footballers of last season in the white team.
Original attacker, curiously it was the defense that acted as a lever in the course just finished. The succession of physical problems of the starting right-back, Dani Carvajal, and the confidence of Zinedine Zidane led him to that flank to cover the unstitched. In total, he held that position in 21 games, a streak that was only stopped short by injury against Barcelona in April. For Lucas Vázquez, everything happened from classic to classic.
In reality, Zizou’s first option when Carvajal was injured was Nacho, who for a decade had proven his ability to adapt to all positions behind. However, the injury to the youth squad on the brink of rest at the Camp Nou in autumn forced the Galician to leave hastily and, from that moment on, that was his usual place for the rest of the season. He only came out of there in Carvajal’s brief recoveries, although that did not mean his replacement either. His good performances and the recognition of ZZ almost always kept him in the eleven, in those cases in the attack zone, in more natural positions for him.
He was only stopped by an injury in the confrontation against Barça at the Di Stéfano. A collision with Busquets sent him to the canvas on the edge of the break, coincidentally in the same minute in which a lap earlier he had had to start in the first leg in place of Nacho, and he did not return to the field for the rest of the year. due to a sprain to the posterior cruciate ligament of the left knee.
Despite being absent in the final stretch, he had never been such a leading player since he returned to the Bernabéu in 2015 after the loan at Espanyol. A soldier of Zidane and of all the coaches he has had in Madrid (Solari said he offered “the best virtues of the Spanish character: supportive and courageous”), his role was always that of an efficient water carrier. This time, circumstances elevated him to the category of leading actor of the group. Its renewal was one of ZZ’s recurring public requests. When asked, the Frenchman did not hesitate to demand the extension of a contract that he has already been caught outside of Valdebebas.
This is the fourth operation so far on the market in the white entity: there was the one-year renewal of Luka Modric, the signing of David Alaba, the eventful departure of Zinedine Zidane, the return to the bench of Carlo Ancelotti and now the announcement about Lucas Vázquez. The Galician never coincided with the Italian in front. He was fired in the summer of 2015 after a blank campaign at the same time that the player returned, already with Rafa Benítez in the Castellana band.