REAL CONFIRM CONTRACT RENEWALS
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Liga champions may have broken the world transfer record in order to secure the services of Juventus playmaker Zinedine Zidane, but president Florentino Perez has also been keen to retain some of his current employees.
Skipper Fernando Hierro (pictured) has extended his stay at Santiago Bernabeu until 2003, as his present deal was due to expire at the end of next season.
Fernando Morientes, Ivan Helguera and goalkeeper Iker Casillas penned fresh terms that run until 2006.
The news was confirmed at a press conference by Jorge Valdano, with Aitor Karanka set to follow suit.
"We have respected his long honeymoon and are hoping that his representative puts himself in contact with us in order to complete the details," added Valdano.
Defender Julio Cesar was tipped for a bright future by the Argentinian, as he heads out on loan to Benfica.