Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is confident that Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos will remain at the club next season.
The three players' contracts expire at the end of the current season, leading to speculation over their futures. However, Ancelotti has confirmed that Modric and Kroos are now in talks with the club about their futures.
"I think (the three) will stay," Ancelotti said in a news conference on Friday. "But we have to think about the day they stop too because, for the fact they have something unique, something will have to change."
Ancelotti praised the trio for their invaluable experience and said they continue to offer a lot to the team, even if they are past their physical peak. "What these three have in terms of game management is unique, you can't buy it on any market in the world," he added.
Ancelotti also acknowledged that the club needs to look towards the future and prepare for when the trio eventually move on. "We have fantastic young players, (Eduardo) Camavinga, (Aurelien) Tchouameni, (Fede) Valverde and (Dani) Ceballos, who will mark an era at Madrid, but in a different way to Kroos, Modric, and Casemiro," he said.
Real Madrid face Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday before hosting Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.