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24-year-old Real Madrid midfielder aiming to become a regular starter next season

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The transition of Real Madrid’s midfield has been a topic constantly touched upon in the past few years. Yet, the club’s infamous midfield trio have continually led from the front year after year as if they are not ageing.

The upcoming season, however, is expected to be one where the mantle is finally passed. With several young stars at his disposal, Ancelotti can finally begin to relieve the veterans of their responsibilities.

According to reports from MARCA, Federico Valverde is aiming to take a leap and be a regular starter for the upcoming season.

The Uruguayan international has been a regular part of Los Blancos’ first team since his promotion in 2018 and continues to be a key cog in Ancelotti’s plans. However, his path to becoming a starter is not easy.

Though Luka Modric will be conservatively used by the manager this year, Eduardo Camavinga is well placed to start in place of the Croatian.

Moreover, the second spot in midfield too has severe competition given that Casemiro now has a deputy in the form of Aurelien Tchouameni. Thus, it is implied that Valverde can only be a starter if he proves himself superior to Toni Kroos, Modric, and even Camavinga.

While it is certainly not impossible, it would require a tremendous effort for Valverde to bench the 32-year-old German. Nevertheless, the Uruguayan’s desire to push his limits can only be positive news for Ancelotti.

Last season, Valverde participated in 31 La Liga games for the Champions and provided just one assist in that duration. He also recorded one assist in the UEFA Champions League.

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Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”

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Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.

Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.

The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.

But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.

Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.

The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.

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