Real Madrid are exploring the possibility of extending Karim Benzema's deal to 2023, as well as increasing his salary, due to his increased importance within the squad.
Benzema has emerged as a key figure both on and off the pitch at Madrid since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, with Zinedine Zidane's side now looking to reward him with a further two years on his current deal.
Last season the Frenchman netted an impressive 30 goals across all competitions in the absence of Ronaldo, and has gone from strength to strength this season with nine goals already in his side's first 11 La Liga matches. Those goals have placed him top of the division's scoring charts ahead of Lionel Messi heading into the next round of fixtures.
Due to his inspired form, Marca claim Madrid see it fit to tie him down at the Santiago Bernabeu for two more seasons beyond his current deal. Negotiations have already taken place, although no agreement has been reached as of yet.
At present, Benzema's wages fall below the likes of Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos, and the new deal would see him reach similar wage packets to those of his teammates.
A potential spanner in the works is mentioned in the report, however, with Benzema wanting assurances that he will be able to play a similar role at the club in the coming seasons as he approaches his 32nd birthday. His 'dream' is to remain with Los Blancos, but he needs to be sure he can meet the side's expectations moving forward.
Zidane is an outspoken admirer of Benzema, along with president Florentino Perez, so it would be safe to assume that there would be no hitch in discussions and that an agreement is likely to be reached.
Paris Saint-Germain are supposedly waiting in the wings should any issues arise, although Madrid have no intention of selling their star striker at present.