Real Madrid are preparing to give out nearly £350 million worth of new contracts in the next month or so as the Spanish giants look to build on their Champions League triumph last season.
Zinedine Zidane decided not to bring in a traditional 'Galactico' in the transfer window, with his highest-profile summer deals being the re-signing of striker Alvaro Morata and the returns of Fabio Coentrao and Marco Asensio from their respective loans.
Instead, the 44-year-old Frenchman has kept faith with the starting XI that won him Europe's elite club competition inside six months of becoming Real's manager, and four of those players are set to be rewarded with huge new contracts.
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Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training this week and is expected to sign a four-year deal, with an option for a fifth, worth around a £500,000 per week.
The Portuguese forward is 31, so a new deal in which he will earn a whopping £26 million a year represents a massive outlay. However, it is seen by Los Blancos as a reward for helping Madrid to win two of the last three Champions Leagues.
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Ronaldo remains one of the best players in world football, he has scored at least 50 goals for six consecutive seasons and last year he became Real's all-time top goalscorer.
Gareth Bale, who many believe will replace Ronaldo as Madrid's main man in the near future, will also shortly receive a new bumper deal to keep him at the club until 2021.
The 27-year-old, who scored 19 times in 30 games last season, finished the campaign very strongly and took that into the Euros with Wales, where he was the tournament's joint-second top scorer with three goals.
His agent Jonathan Barnett tried hard to push Bale's salary close to that of Ronaldo, but for the time being the Welshman will have to settle for being the second highest-paid player at Madrid - earning a little under £400,000 per week.
Toni Kroos & Luka Modric
Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are also two of the best footballers on the planet and they too are also set to renew their current deals with Madrid.
It will put the classy midfield duo on the fourth tier of the club's salary scale, behind only Ronaldo, Bale and captain Sergio Ramos.
After a tough start following his arrival from Tottenham back in 2012, Modric has emerged as a key member of the squad and the player who arguably has the biggest influence on the team's style of play.
The little Croatian, who turns 31 tomorrow, is blessed with creativity in addition to incredible passing and dribbling skills. He has a strong work ethic and is now a beloved character amongst both his teammates and Real supporters.
Meanwhile, his midfield partner Kroos possesses vision, the ability to score from long-range and the German World Cup winner is widely regarded as the most accurate and precise passer of the ball in Europe.
Madrid building strong core
With Ronaldo, Bale, Kroos and Modric tied down to new deals, not to forget Ramos who extended his contract last summer, Zidane will have a world-class core from which to mould his team.
This is, however, dependent on Real Madrid president Florentino Perez lending his golden signature to four contracts which would set the club back more than £340 million over the next five or six years.
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