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Five Real Madrid players on Spain’s preliminary squad list for upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers



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With the second international break of the 2023/24 season on the horizon, journalist Pedro Morata, via MARCA, has acquired the preliminary squad list named by Spain manager Luis de la Fuente for their upcoming fixtures.

Spain are set to take on Scotland (October 12) and Norway (October 15) in their UEFA Euro 2024 Qualifiers later this month.

While De la Fuente will be releasing the official squad list for the games on October 6, the manager has readied a 49-man preliminary roster list which will later be trimmed.

Five Real Madrid players on Spain pre-list

And, as many as five Real Madrid players have made it to the preliminary squad list for Spain for their upcoming matches against Scotland and Norway.

Indeed, as per the report, Luis de la Fuente has named goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the pre-list, with the Chelsea loanee becoming the No. 1 at Real Madrid this season in Thibaut Courtois’ absence.

Meanwhile, the veteran defensive duo of Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez also make the cut for the preliminary squad. Carvajal’s inclusion in the final list is a given, but the same cannot be said about Nacho.

At the same time, new signing Fran Garcia is also on the preliminary list, although he might not necessarily make the final cut, with the likes of Alejandro Balde and Jose Gaya ahead of him in the pecking order.

Joselu has been a regular for Spain under De la Fuente, and given his recent form at Real Madrid, his inclusion does not come as a surprise.

No place for Dani Ceballos

Dani Ceballos does not even make the preliminary squad list for Spain, given that he has hardly played this season, having only recently recovered from an injury.

Meanwhile, Brahim Diaz continues to be overlooked by the Spanish national team which could help Morocco in their bid to convince him to choose them over La Roja.

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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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