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Bellingham takes a lot of responsibility in Real Madrid dressing room, players give pre-game pep talk

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Jude Bellingham has become an instant sensation since signing for Real Madrid in the summer of 2023 for €103 million. Not only has he put forth a different side to his game that nobody was expecting, but he has done it brilliantly, too.

He is currently the leading scorer in La Liga with 16 goals and also has four goals and three assists in five Champions League appearances.

Real Madrid would be very happy with the money they have invested in the young Englishman, but not only for the numbers he has been putting up.

In fact, Bellingham was deemed as a natural leader by Borussia Dortmund fans, and has seemingly transferred those traits onto the current Madrid side, despite being very young.

Reports from MARCA claim that Bellingham is taking a lot of responsibility in the dressing room.

He has already proven to be a very influential figure in the team, with the rest of the player regularly talking about him and imitating his celebration when he is not in the team.

The likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Nacho, and Daniel Carvajal are considered the senior-most members of the Madrid dressing room, though, because of their experience in the top flight and years at the club.

However, Madrid is full of young leaders, as well, with Ancelotti revealing that a random player gives a pep talk to the team before each game. This helps in team bonding, and understanding the pecking order of the captains in the squad.

Aurelien Tchouameni, for example, gave a pep talk to the team ahead of the Spanish Super Cup final against Barcelona, which attracted a lot of media attention in Spain, especially.

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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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