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In-form Real Madrid star playing through pain with shoulder in bad condition – report

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After a slow start to the season, Brahim Diaz is going through a purple patch at Real Madrid, gaining great prominence in recent weeks.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder found minutes hard to come by in the early parts of the season, but the injury to Vinicius Jr. in November opened the doors for him and he has not looked back since.

Even though the Brazilian is back now, Brahim continues to be a valuable player for Carlo Ancelotti as he showed last night against Atletico Madrid, scoring the fifth goal for his team in the extra time.

Brahim Diaz playing through pain

El Chiringuito TV is now reporting that Brahim Diaz is forcing himself to play for Real Madrid despite being in pain due to a shoulder problem.

It must be remembered that Diaz had suffered a dislocated shoulder earlier in the season. The 24-year-old went on to play the game against Las Palmas back in September 2023 with the problem and has continued to do so.

Reports have suggested that Diaz plans on undergoing surgery for the same once the season is over so that he has time to recover without missing any matches.

Brahim Diaz has been in good form of late. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

However, as per the aforementioned outlet, Diaz’s shoulder is in very bad condition and is practically ready to be operated on.

Despite that, though, the former Manchester City playmaker has continued to play through the pain barrier and is making big contributions in recent matches.

In 20 appearances thus far across all competitions, Diaz has produced a return of six goals and three assists. He has been directly involved in six goals since the start of December.

But with Vinicius Jr. now back and Arda Guler also in contention, it will be interesting to see how Diaz’s situation is impacted.

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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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