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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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Real Madrid winger has two future destinations on table for next season

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Real Madrid set out on a mission to change the minds of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez earlier this week. After all, all three players were contemplating a departure from the club for a gross lack of minutes.

Los Blancos’ latest approach seems to have impacted Ceballos’ position in a positive fashion. However, Fabrizio Romano reveals that it has not changed Marco Asensio’s mind.

According to the Italian journalist, the Spaniard will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent.

Of the numerous options on his table, he sees Aston Villa and PSG to be the best bets. In fact, Villa have already submitted their opening bid for the player as revealed by Fabrizio Romano once again.

After a dramatic final day of action in the Premier League, Aston Villa finished in the European spots and will participate in the UEFA Conference League next season. While a move to the English club would be a steep step down, it will see Asensio receive regular playing time.

Paris-Saint Germain, on that front, appears the more probable destination. The French club are close to losing both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr ahead of the new season, and Asensio would thus fit in as a starting quality winger. Moreover, they offer Champions League football.

The Spaniard’s role at Real Madrid this season has not been minor by any means considering his contributions. In 30 La Liga appearances, the 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists in addition to creating nine big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per game.

However, that does not satisfy the winger who wishes to be a starter week in and week out. His departure in June appears to be now written in stone, and the club should feel hard done to not make a penny of his move.

Many in Los Blancos’ administration see Brahim Diaz as a direct replacement for the Spanish international if he leaves. Needless to say, the AC Milan star’s future will closely depend on Asensio’s situation.

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