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Arsenal goalkeeper sends message to Real Madrid ace after fresh injury setback



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Just when Thibaut Courtois was on the cusp of returning from his ACL injury, the Real Madrid goalkeeper was dealt a fresh setback on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old has not played a single game this season due to an ACL rupture before the campaign began. However, having worked hard on his recovery, Courtois was close to returning and had resumed training.

But the Real Madrid No. 1 suffered a fresh knee injury in a training session on Tuesday which has now ruled him out for an additional two months.

Indeed, Courtois underwent surgery earlier today and has now possibly bid goodbye to the season, with a return unlikely.

Arsenal star sends well wishes

Now, Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya has sent a heartfelt message to Thibaut Courtois following his fresh injury setback.

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Courtois injured again. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking ahead of Spain’s upcoming international friendlies, the Arsenal shot-stopper claimed that Courtois has been the best goalkeeper in the game in recent years before wishing him a speedy recovery.

“Courtois has been the best goalkeeper in recent years. I hope he gets better soon,” said Raya, as per El Chiringuito TV.

Meanwhile, during a press conference, Raya was also asked to name his idol growing up and he named Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas as the player he looked up to, saying:

“If I have to choose, I’ll go with Iker Casillas. He was always an example to follow for everything he achieved in his career.”

As far as Courtois is concerned, as mentioned earlier, he is now expected to be out for two months after having undergone surgery on his knee earlier today.

There is little chance of the Belgian superstar returning before the end of the season and Real Madrid are unlikely to risk rushing him back either.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’




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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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