Christoph Metzelder: I Do Not Think Real Madrid Will Renew My Contract

The German international was not optimistic about his future in the Spanish capital in his press conference today

Real Madrid central defender Christoph Metzelder gave a press conference after Real Madrid's second training session back from their Christmas break, and admitted that his future at the club beyond this season does not look good.

"One has to be realistic; I do not think Madrid will renew my contract," confessed the German. "I have lived two and a half years here and I do not think that it is appropriate for me to speak, not now and not in the months that come, of my situation with the club".

The central defender also joked about the series of automobile accidents suffered by Karim Benzema, saying "I would get into a car with Karim, but I might tell him to ease up just a bit."

Metzelder has only played in one Liga match and one Copa del Rey fixture (the 4-0 drubbing to Alcorcon) and he emphasises that it was the coach that made such decisions. "I am a professional 100% of the time and I will work until the end. I need to defend this team and the image of the club."

Metzelder's contract at the Santiago Bernabeu is due to expire at the end of June 2010.

Cyrus C. Malek,