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Ancelotti sees Modric, Kroos, Casemiro as starters next season – report

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The midfield trident of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro has served Real Madrid brilliantly for years together now.

They have been crucial to the UEFA Champions League success that Los Blancos enjoyed under Zinedine Zidane and have continued to perform at the highest level even this season.

Modric is 36 years old but continues to be a pillar of strength and poise in the middle of the park for Real Madrid. Kroos, who turned 32 in January, has had injury problems but still continues to dictate tempo in matches with his distribution.

As for Casemiro, he has not played at his highest level at times this term, but few are better than the Brazilian at what he does in the middle of the park.

There have been a lot of speculations about Real Madrid wanting to sign a new midfielder this summer to slowly phase out the senior members of their midfield department. AS Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni has been mentioned as a top target for the Spanish champions-elect.

However, according to the latest report from Sergio Santos of AS, Real Madrid hold an interest in the 22-year-old but do not intend to go all out for his signing, as manager Carlo Ancelotti believes that he will, at most, be a backup next season.

This is because the Italian tactician sees the trio of Modric, Casemiro and Kroos as regular starters for Real Madrid again in the upcoming campaign despite their advancing age.

In addition to that, Real Madrid also have Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga as options while Dani Ceballos is also likely to stay put. The Spaniard has made a big impression on the manager, leading to the club making an U-turn on his future and deciding to retain him.

It would mean that Real Madrid will have six central midfielders in the first-team squad, which is why they will not push hard to sign Tchouameni and only look to get him if he is available for a reasonable price.

As for Modric, Casemiro and Kroos, it seems like they will continue to play a critical role in the side come 2022/23.

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Real Madrid considering move for Manchester City superstar as club faces possible sanctions

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Premier League has come up with a shocking statement, charging defending champions Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of the financial rule between 2009 to 2018.

The allegations levelled at Man City could lead to a point deduction for the defending champions or perhaps even expulsion. This could prove to be significant for not Premier League but European football in general.

To that end, a new report from Daily Mail suggests Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation. They are aware of the fact that if Man City get sanctioned, it could rule them out of the chase for top target Jude Bellingham.

But more importantly, it may open up the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland in the near future. The Norwegian international was one of Man City’s smartest business move in the summer when they roped in the star striker for a meagre fee.

However, Spanish media believes Haaland has a release clause in his contract worth around €200 million. It could be activated in the summer of 2024 and clubs like Real Madrid are said to be interested in activating the clause.

But in light of the recent allegations made against Man City, Real Madrid are anticipating a potential mass exodus, and could make an early move for the forward, especially if the English giants get sanctioned by the Premier League board.

It goes without saying that Haaland, who has been scoring goals for fun since joining the Premier League outfit, is someone who demands to play at the highest level of football. It was one of the key reasons he joined Man City – a club that can offer consistency in terms of sporting success.

But a potential sanction for City could change the dynamic, possibly paving the way for a club like Real Madrid to establish themselves as an excellent suitor for Haaland.

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