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Injury update: Modric completes part of group training ahead of Copa del Rey final

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In a huge boost for Real Madrid, veteran midfielder Luka Modric returned to team training today and completed a part of it, ahead of the Copa del Rey final against CA Osasuna later this week, reports Melchor Ruiz.

Modric sustained a hamstring injury during Real Madrid’s 4-2 loss to Girona a week ago, following which it was reported that the 37-year-old was certain to miss the Cup final as well as the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester City.

However, the veteran superstar was understood to be pushing himself to be ready in time to return for the crucial matches that are coming up over the next week or so.

Following Los Blancos’ 2-0 loss to Real Sociedad last night, manager Carlo Ancelotti had issued a positive update regarding Modric’s recovery, saying:

“He trained today, he’s feeling good, we’ll reassess him in the coming days. We won’t take any risks but he is recovering really well and I think he has a chance of playing.”

Now, multiple sources are confirming that Modric has participated and completed a part of the group training sessions today, which could indicate that the Croatian international may well be in with a chance of returning for the Copa del Rey final.

The update from Melchor Ruiz also states that Karim Benzema and David Alaba, both of whom missed the game against Sociedad, also completed full training with the rest of the squad, which is a further boost to Ancelotti & co.

Real Madrid will face CA Osasuna in the final of the Copa del Rey at Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville on May 6, before facing Manchester City in the first leg of their UCL semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu three days later.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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