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Brazilian duo next in line to obtain Spanish passports after Vinicius Jr – report



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Earlier this week, Vinicius Jr obtained his Spanish passport and no longer warrants a non-EU spot at Real Madrid. The process was expected to be completed over a year ago but was delayed because of the pandemic.

According to reports from ESPN, Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao are set to receive their Spanish passports by January too. This would mean that the team has all three non-EU spots vacant.

Needless to say, this comes as great news for the club. Yet, the timing seems to be just a tad bit too late.

Madrid could not chase several transfer targets in the summer window like Gabriel Jesus or register on loan players like Takefusa Kubo or Reinier because of the passport situation. Now, with the market closed, Los Blancos have all three slots vacant with no scope to fill them.

Now, Madrid can officially use their non-EU spaces from January. Vinicius Tobas is said to be impressing the club and could stake a claim for one of the slots long-term. Yet, it remains to be seen how the club will fill the remaining vacancies.

Militao was injured during Real Madrid’s clash against Celtic and is expected to miss the weekend’s clash against Mallorca. Carlo Ancelotti will hope to have the Brazilian back in time for the Madrid Derby scheduled in less than two weeks.

Meanwhile, Rodrygo is expected to feature in tomorrow’s game at Santiago Bernabeu and will look to cement his spot as a regular starter in Ancelotti’s plans.

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Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”



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Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.

Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.

The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.

But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.

Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.

The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.

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