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Bayern Munich honorary president offers Real Madrid defender help with ACL surgery



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Bayern Munich’s honorary president Uli Hoeneß has confirmed that Real Madrid defender David Alaba will be assisted by the German champions following the Austrian’s ACL tear against Villarreal.

“I tried to reach him today, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to. We at FC Bayern have ensured that he will be operated on in Innsbruck by a doctor in whom we have big trust,” Hoeneß told Sport and Talk from Hangar 7.

Several media sources are claiming that the man who might operate the Austrian is probably Christian Fink, who happens to be one of the best surgeons in the country. 

Several Bayern players, namely Leroy Sane and Manuel Neuer have already had surgery with Fink. Even Austria’s skiing stars trust his expertise.

When will Alaba return?

Injuries of Alaba’s magnitude take at least 7-9 months for full recovery, meaning that the former Bayern Munich defender is likely to miss the UEFA Euros in Germany next year.

David Alaba is expected to miss UEFA Euro 2024 (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Issues such as this require a strong rehab, mostly because any kind of rush will result in relapse and everything that the player has gone through goes to waste. In the words of Fink himself, “There is no miracle cure, a cruciate ligament injury always takes time.”

This is the third time this season that Real Madrid have had to deal with ACL tears following injuries to Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao earlier in the season.

What will Real Madrid do?

So far, all signs point towards Real Madrid not signing a new defender and continuing to rely on the current roster.

Apart from that, there has been talk of recalling a certain Rafa Marin from loan at Deportivo Alaves.

So, it remains to be seen which way Real Madrid decide to go as they look to make up for Alaba’s absence for the rest of the season.

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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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