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Injured Real Madrid talisman wants to play against Cadiz no matter what – report

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Lady luck has not been kind to Real Madrid this season, as an unfortunate wave of injuries has befallen the roster.

With a prominent list of absentees, the Merengues have been forced to make do with several limitations.

Jude Bellingham suffered a shoulder injury right before the international break, and went on to miss the games against SC Braga and Valencia.

Being the focal source of goals for Madrid this season, though, the 20-year-old’s return is highly anticipated.

Bellingham eager to make his return

As per Edu Aguirre on El Chiringuito TV, Jude Bellingham wants to play against Cadiz at all costs. Real Madrid also believes that they may have to force his return due to the various exclusions.

The Englishman suffered a shoulder dislocation against Rayo Vallecano, which saw him miss two clashes for Real Madrid and the Euro qualifiers with the England national team.

After a prolonged absence, Madrid hopes to have their goalscoring phenomenon back in their ranks very soon, considering Rodrygo and Joselu are the only two forwards available for selection.

The international break made matters worse as Camavinga and Vincius Jr. faced injuries with their respective national teams, causing Real Madrid more headaches in terms of their selection.

Eager to return. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Guarantee of goals

Before the break commenced, it was reported that Bellingham would recover in time for Real Madrid’s next match against Cadiz.

However, even though it may appear a risk to bring him back into action so soon after recovery, Real Madrid lack options due to other injuries, which explains the club’s desire to force his return.

After all, the midfielder has already racked up a total of 16 goal contributions for Los Blancos this season.

Real Madrid face off against Cadiz this Sunday, and the player is desperate to make his return to the field.

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Real Madrid veteran set for a 40% salary reduction as part of new contract

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Following Toni Kroos’ departure and speculation over Nacho Fernandez’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, the potential contract extension of Luka Modric should serve as a breather of fresh air for Real Madrid fans.

The Croatian international is set to continue for another season at Santiago Bernabeu. His experience and leadership will play a key role in an otherwise young Real Madrid midfield unit.

Numbers behind Modric’s new contract

As Modric gears up for a new contract at Real Madrid, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered details of his new deal at the Bernabeu.

It appears the Croatian international is ready to settle for a pay cut in order to continue at Real Madrid.

During the 2023/24 campaign, Modric’s net salary was around €10 million. However, there will be a substantial 40% reduction in his salary in the new deal.

Modric to take a pay cut at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

That means Modric is set to earn around €6 million net salary for the 2024/25 campaign. The terms of the new deal have been approved by the player’s entourage as well.

Set for greatness in 24/25

At the age of 38, Modric has already broken several records, including becoming the oldest player to represent Real Madrid.

But the former Tottenham midfielder could achieve much more in the coming season. If he retires by the end of next season, he will become the oldest player to retire at Real Madrid, at the age of 39. Not to mention, the midfielder will turn 40 in September 2025.

In addition, Modric currently holds six Champions League titles – equalling the tally of the legendary Paco Gento.

If the Croatian ends up winning the UCL title once again, he will create history by becoming the player with the most Champions League titles in the history of football.

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