Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal had a reported €350 million release clause in his contract, it has been revealed.
Details of the Spain international’s terms with the club have been released via the Football Leaks website (h/t Marca). Carvajal rejoined Real from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013, and the report suggests that in addition to the massive clause in his contract, his annual salary was set to increase from €1.7 million to €2.5 million before 2019.
However, as noted in the piece, it’s unclear whether these terms still remain in place, as the right-back agreed to a one-year extension with the club recently.
Here's a look at why Carvajal has become a key member of this Los Blancos side since he came back to the club:
In addition to details emerging about the defender's agreement with the club, the same source also provided reported information of Nuri Sahin’s contract when he was a Real Madrid player.
Most striking about the midfielder’s deal was the fact he was on a whopping annual wage of €5.4 million, having signed on a pre-contract from Borussia Dortmund in 2011. That was after winning the Bundesliga title. The Football Leaks report suggests that had the 27-year-old been nominated for the Ballon d’Or, his salary would have jumped to €7.4 million. His release clause amounted to €121 million.
Sahin is currently back at Dortmund after underwhelming at Real Madrid and is a key member of Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
The €350 million figure in Carvajal’s contract shows the esteem Los Blancos hold their full-back in. Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe is certainly a big fan:
I might be Dani Carvajal's biggest fan. Might be.— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) February 7, 2016
The 24-year-old is a player who adds a fine balance to this Real team. Typically, the player who operates in front of him on the right flank is given positional freedom, meaning Carvajal has to offer not only width, but energy and defensive intensity, as well as show a willingness to sacrifice his own game to enrich the influence of others.
And yet, he’s still a major threat going forward. As these figures from OptaJose prove, under Zinedine Zidane, the Spain international has excelled:
3 - Dani Carvajal has made more assists than any other @realmadriden player with Zinedine Zidane as manager. Solution.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 7, 2016
After the squad brought in Danilo ahead of this season, many expected Carvajal, perhaps the least glamorous name in Real’s starting XI, to make way. But he’s performed admirably throughout the campaign, and in what’s been a disappointing season for the capital club, he's been one of the standout performers.
You suspect the new deal signed by the player will include similar safety nets that’ll make any potential transfer extremely unlikely. Carvajal has not been linked with a move away anyway, and for a footballer who has been nurtured in the Los Blancos youth system before breaking into the first-team, it’d take a pretty special offer for him to be lured away.