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Bayern Munich superstar hopes Real Madrid talisman has an off day in UCL clash

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Real Madrid are going through one of their best moments of the season, having handed out defeats in quick succession to Manchester City and FC Barcelona.

Despite fielding a heavily rotated starting XI, the Merengues also recently triumphed over Real Sociedad owing to Arda Guler’s goal.

Their recent success has allowed them to have a vantage point in La Liga, with merely a few games left to play before they can get their hands on the title.

But Real Madrid’s challenges in the UEFA Champions League are bound to grow from hereon. Bayern Munich awaits them at the Allianz Arena next week as the two sides prepare to lock horns in the first leg of the semi-finals.

Harry Kane opens up about the clash

Now, speaking Sky Sport (h/t Kerry Hau) following Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over Frankfurt, Harry Kane has opened up about the upcoming clash with Real Madrid.

When asked how many goals he would score against Los Blancos, Kane claimed he is confident ahead of this massive tie and vying to stamp his name on the scoreboard a few times.

“A few, hopefully. I’m in a good mood and confident. If my colleagues serve me like they have all season, then I’ll be there,” the 30-year-old stated.

Kane has proven to be in spectacular form this season. Despite losing the league out to Bayer Leverkusen, he has scored an impressive 35 goals in 31 games in the Bundesliga. And in the Champions League, he has seven goals in 10 games.

Thoughts on locking horns against Jude Bellingham

Kane and Bellingham will be on opposing sides. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The Bayern Munich striker will be squaring off against Jude Bellingham, whom he shares a dressing room with at the England team.

Kane commended Bellingham for his outstanding season and hopes that he refrains from pulling out his A-game in the two legs.

“He’s having an outstanding season. As far as I’m concerned, he can hold back in the two games against us,” Kane claimed.

Bellingham has been Real Madrid’s talisman this season and is the leading goalscorer for the Merengues. The 20-year-old’s performances in his debut campaign in Spain have even led to calls for a possible Ballon d’Or win later this year.

Having not played against Sociedad on Friday, Bellingham will go into the Bayern Munich game fresh and well-rested. And he will hope to lead his team to a crucial win on his return to Germany.

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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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