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Luka Modric backs Real Madrid youngster after missed penalty against Croatia

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Brazil’s elimination at hands of Croatia in the quarter-final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup was arguably one of the shocking incidents of the world event. A team, that was at least tipped to reach the semi-final, crashed out after losing to the Luka Modric-led side in penalties.

A game, that ended 1-1 after extra time, saw a certain Dominik Livakovic becoming the hero of the moment. Amidst all the drama, however, it was Modric’s words for Brazil forward Rodrygo that seemed to have captured the hearts of all Madridistas.

The Real Madrid forward was the first Brazilian to take the spot kick and as it turns out, the 21-year-old failed to cross Livakovic. Following the result, Rodrygo was visibly upset and was consoled by his club teammate Luka Modric.

During the post-match interview, Modric was quick to praise the Brazilian, saying that the incident will only make him stronger. Referring to his missed penalty against Turkey during the EURO 2008 quarter-final, the veteran midfielder said,

“I was his age when I missed a crucial penalty in the 2008 Euro,” said the Ballon d’Or winner.

“We have to praise him for having the courage and determination to take the first penalty, that will make him stronger,” he added.

Now that Brazil are out of the World Cup, the likes of Rodrygo, Vinicus Jr and Eder Militao are expected to head home before joining the rest of the teammates to resume club duties.

Meanwhile, as reported before, while the players who haven’t been a part of the World Cup resumed training on December 1, the likes of Karim Benzema and David Alaba will return to the club next Saturday and rejoin training ahead of the resumption of the La Liga season later this month.

Real Madrid resume their La Liga campaign on December 30 with an away game against Real Valladolid

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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