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Bellingham talks following winning brace in Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid: “It was my turn”

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It’s Jude Bellingham’s world and we are just living in it.

The Englishman proved that he is the next big thing in football once again as Real Madrid travelled to sunny Catalonia to take on Barcelona once again in the first el clasico of the season.

While Barcelona seemed to have a hook on the game for 65 minutes, Bellingham changed the course of the scoreline first, with a stunning strike from outside the box that slotted into the top right corner.

Then he came in clutch in injury time as a deflected cross from Daniel Carvajal found its way into his path inside the six-yard box, winning the game for Madrid.

Following the win, he shared his experience playing his first-ever clasico, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, saying, “It’s been a lot of fun playing this game. I just talked to my family. I told them that I was very excited before the game because I had seen many clasicos from the couch at home, and I told them that today, it was my turn.”

Bellingham has now scored 12 goals across La Liga and the Champions League, which is his best-ever scoring campaign so far in his admittedly short-lived career as a 20-year-old.

“Everything is coming out well for me right now. I prepare the games well. I am training well, and I just want to learn and improve,” he said about his impressive form.

That said, he was quick to admit that today his performance was far from the best. In fact, he was barely seen in the first-half.

“Today, I was not at my best level. It is about combining with those at the top well and being able to help the team today I was not quite good, but I was able to score two goals,” he concluded his post-game presser.

Real Madrid and Bellingham face another uphill battle next weekend as they host Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu in the hopes of extending their lead on top of the table.

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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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