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‘Has a lot of personality’ – Mourinho heaps praise on Real Madrid rising superstar

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Jude Bellingham could never have dreamt that his start to life at Real Madrid would be such a fairytale.

Very few players in the past have adapted to the Spanish giants’ setup as seamlessly as the Englishman has this season, for he imposed his presence as a regular starter right from the first time he donned the shirt.

Bellingham’s adaptation to life at Real Madrid has won praise from pundits, fans, and managers across the globe.

Jose Mourinho is the latest to join the bandwagon of the youngster’s fans, as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

Mourinho’s words

In a recent interview with English legend Rio Ferdinand, as relayed by the Spanish outlet, Mourinho praised Bellingham’s balance of imposing his presence in Madrid without appearing arrogant.

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Mourinho an admirer of Bellingham. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

“When this boy scores a goal at the Bernabéu and opens his arms to celebrate it, he shows his character a lot, right? And he doesn’t do it with arrogance, he does it like saying here I am,” he said about Bellingham’s celebration.

“This boy has a lot of personality,” he added.

Needless to say, this comes as big praise from the Portuguese manager who is largely considered to be one of the greatest football coaches of all time.

End of his suspension

Jude Bellingham’s goal tally in La Liga should have increased to 17 when Real Madrid took on Valencia at the Mestalla earlier this month.

The phenom headed the ball into the back of the net in the dying seconds of the game, only to realise that the referee blew the full-time whistle while the ball was in mid-flight.

His eventual protests only made the situation worse, as he was shown an unwarranted red card and suspended for two games.

Bellingham thus missed Real Madrid’s clashes against Celta Vigo and Osasuna and will be gunning for a return against Athletic Club after the international break.

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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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