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Injury update: Real Madrid midfield duo join training ahead of Real Betis clash

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Real Madrid are going through a bizarre injury crisis, with more than half of the starting lineup sidelined, including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who ruptured his ACL in the preseason, ruling him out for nearly the entire campaign.

Eder Militao, too, suffered from the same injury, and will not make a return until around March 2024. Vinicius Jr is also out till early February, while Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga also picked up muscle knocks in November.

Luka Modric, Daniel Carvajal, and Jude Bellingham were the latest to enter this list, but Madrid have received a huge boost ahead of their game against Real Betis.

Modric and Bellingham were seen in training today, while Courtois, Militao, Carvajal, Tchoumaeni, Camavinga, Vinicius, and Arda Guler worked separately on their recovery.

Ancelotti also updated the press and fans about Bellingham’s recovery after the Englishman received the Golden Boy Award from Tuttosport this week.

“He trained alone because he was recovering from that problem in his ankle. He has recovered well,” he said in his pre-game press conference.

The 20-year-old played the entire 90 last weekend against Granada, while Modric was not even on the bench.

The Croatian picked up an injury against Cadiz, and was substituted off in the 70th minute for Dani Ceballos, with Madrid leading 2-0 at that moment. His injury came at an especially troubling time for Carlo Ancelotti, with Tchouameni and Camavinga already missing from midfield.

However, in their absence, Castilla star Nico Paz has stepped up to the plate and delivered some solid performances, including the winner against Napoli in the Champions League last week.

The youngster has impressed Real Madrid fans and coaches alike, and will continue to be a part of the Los Blancos first-team setup for the foreseeable future, especially with other superstars out of action.

Source: Real Madrid TV

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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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