Atletico Madrid's back-up players have risen their game and are helping to push those in the first team, according to Diego Simeone.
Although the club is yet to announce the new deal, Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says a contract extension is "already done".
Two of the close-season's big-money signings, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, are nominees for the 2017 Golden Boy award.
Ousmane Dembele is expected to be out for less time than initially feared after having surgery on a hamstring injury.
Cristiano Ronaldo will return to LaLiga action against Real Betis, much to Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane's relief.
Ousmane Dembele is not expected to play for Barcelona again until January but the club do not expect to sign reinforcements.