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Arsenal manager on links to Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe: “We have to be in the conversation”

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The rumour mill is abuzz with speculations regarding the future of Kylian Mbappe after it emerged last evening that he had informed PSG about his decision to leave the club.

Mbappe, 25, sees his contract expire at the end of the ongoing season and has decided he will be moving on as a free agent.

All signs point towards the French superstar joining Real Madrid in the summer, with reports overnight suggesting that he had given the green light for the move.

But, Premier League giants Arsenal remain in the conversation as a possible destination for the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner.

Arteta addresses Mbappe speculations

Earlier today, during a press conference, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was asked about the links to Mbappe and whether it seems like the Frenchman is headed to Real Madrid.

In response, the Spaniard stated that Arsenal being in the conversations for such a top player is a good thing, but acknowledged that the forward’s future might lie elsewhere.

“When there is a player of that calibre we always have to be in the conversation but, as you say, it looks in a different way,” said Arteta, as per Sky Sports.

All roads lead to Madrid

On his way to Real Madrid? (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

As mentioned earlier, as things stand, everything suggests that Kylian Mbappe will be on his way to Real Madrid in the summer.

It has been claimed that negotiations are underway between the club and the forward’s camp to hash out the details of the contract, which is not expected to be an issue given that both parties want the same end result.

As such, after multiple attempts, it appears that Real Madrid will have their dream target at the Santiago Bernabeu in a few months.

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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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