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Bayer Leverkusen star not ruling out following Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid in the future

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Bayer Leverkusen left-back Alejandro Grimaldo has shown interest in potentially joining Real Madrid in the future, saying that he would like to follow Xabi Alonso wherever he goes. 

Grimaldo’s interest is tied to the possibility that Alonso might become the next head coach of Real Madrid, replacing Carlo Ancelotti and the left-back is keen to follow Alonso if he takes up the new position at the Spanish club.

“If I would go with Xabi to Madrid? It would have to be seen at that time,” said the left-back as quoted by Fichajes

“It is clear that I have a very special relationship with him, I have grown a lot as a player with him and I want to grow more with him and it is true that I would like to continue at his side, be it at Bayer Leverkusen or wherever,” he added.

Grimaldo to Real Madrid – Yay or Nay?

Grimaldo is open to following Alonso’s career path, but as suggested by the player himself, his ultimate decision will hinge on the situation at the right time. 

Alejandro Grimaldo would love to join Real Madrid if Xabi Alonso moves. (Photo by Markus Gilliar/Getty Images)

While joining Real Madrid might appeal to him, his options will depend on the club’s plans for a long-term left-back. 

At the moment, the Canadian Alphonso Davies is the top candidate for that position, which could impact Grimaldo’s plans to achieve his own sporting goals. On the other hand, Real Madrid are also not ready to give up on Ferland Mendy yet.

The Frenchman happens to be Ancelotti’s favourite and the Italian does not want to lose him given his defensive prowess. 

As suggested before, Mendy does not wish to leave Real Madrid either and is currently seeking a renewal

This has put the team from the Spanish capital in a difficult state as they feel keeping both Mendy and Davies would make life difficult for the team.

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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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