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Ancelotti aims to recover the best version of Real Madrid superstar before UCL final

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According to a report from AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), it appears that Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is keen on revitalizing the optimal form of Thibaut Courtois. 

Interestingly enough, should Courtois exhibit promising performances in the forthcoming matches and maintain a positive demeanour, there exists a possibility that he may be selected to replace Andriy Lunin in the upcoming UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.

It is to be noted that Courtois has just returned from a long injury layoff and while his performance against Cadiz was spectacular, he might still need more minutes, something that Ancelotti is going to offer him leading to the final, to return to his usual best.

What about Lunin?

It is widely acknowledged that Lunin has presented a compelling argument for his worth. 

Andriy Lunin could be replaced by Thibaut Courtois in the Champions League final. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

The Ukrainian, who swayed on the brink of departing Real Madrid last summer, has since solidified his position as one of Ancelotti’s dependable assets.

However, with Courtois making his return, both Ancelotti and club president Florentino Perez hold the belief that Real Madrid’s prospects of overcoming Dortmund could be bolstered with the inclusion of the Belgian stalwart guarding the goalposts.

As for Ancelotti, he has chosen to remain quiet on matters concerning the selection of the goalkeeper. Addressing the media prior to the Granada match, he opted to steer clear of discussions about this particular dilemma.

“I don’t want to get into this debate because I have a month to think about it. I haven’t thought about it,” said the manager.

For now, the uncertainty remains over the matter. However, if Courtois continues to make justice to his place, there are high chances that Ancelotti might drop Lunin to the bench against Dortmund because, after all, the Belgian is the first-choice keeper.

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Real Madrid midfielder wants to follow in Kroos’ footsteps and retire at the club

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos recently shared that he plans to retire after this season. Now, according to a report from MARCA (h/t Madrid Zone), it seems Luka Modric, another key player, might also be eyeing retirement in Madrid.

Modric, who is 39 years old, has an agreement in principle with Real Madrid to stay for one more season. However, with manager Carlo Ancelotti’s backing for both Modric and Kroos to stay, it has come down to the fact that only one will remain at the club.

Is Modric returning now? 

No, not yet. Like Kroos, Modric wants to finish his career at Real Madrid. If he wanted to retire, he would not have agreed to extend his contract.

It is to be noted that Modric is currently one of the top earners at Real Madrid, but his high salary did not align with his reduced playing time. 

Luka Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Despite his wish to stay, the club was not initially keen on keeping him under such terms.

However, things have changed recently. The club is now considering renewing Modric’s contract due to several reasons. 

First, the midfielder is open to a pay cut and second, his positive influence on younger players like Arda Guler is valued. Lastly, his desire to retire as a Madrid player is a significant factor.

Interestingly, Modric has turned down tempting offers from Saudi Arabia and the MLS to stay with Real Madrid.

Throughout this season, the Croatian international has accepted his decreased playing time, although it was challenging for him given his competitive spirit and pride. 

His role might diminish further once Real Madrid find a replacement for Kroos next season, but for now, Modric will continue to be a prominent figure for the team.

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