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Kylian Mbappe to retain 90% of image rights in his Real Madrid contract

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Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid are currently trying to finalise a contract, as the player gears up to sign for Los Blancos on a free transfer.

PSG coach Luis Enrique has already hinted that Mbappe will leave the club at the end of the season, with Real Madrid prepared to snap him up.

It is, in fact, only a matter of time before Real Madrid finalise a contract with Mbappe, who will undoubtedly become the highest earner at Santiago Bernabeu.

Kylian Mbappe to retain 90% of image rights

Journalist Ramon Alvarez has offered a fresh update on Mbappe’s contract with Real Madrid, suggesting that the Frenchman could retain 90% of his image rights in his new contract.

The image rights issue has always been a hot topic in contracts signed by Mbappe in recent years. He was notably involved in a controversy with the French Football Federation in 2022 when he refused to take part in a photoshoot over an image rights dispute.

Mbappe to have 90% image rights in his Real Madrid contract (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Even in his PSG contract, Mbappe enjoys a significant chunk of image rights. The Frenchman had initially demanded 100% of image rights, but as compensation, he became the highest-paid player at Parc des Princes.

The same image rights issue will continue to dominate the discussions as Real Madrid look to sign personal terms with the former AS Monaco starlet.

Not a new theme for Real Madrid

This is not the first time Real Madrid are grappling with an image rights issue in player contracts.

In fact, several players in the current team hold more than 50% of image rights, so it is not a novelty act for Real Madrid.

What will be interesting, however, is whether or not Real Madrid can trim down Mbappe’s whopping 90% share of image rights and bring it down to a more standard equation.

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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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