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Luka Modric handpicks soon-to-be Real Madrid player to take over his No. 10 shirt

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It is often difficult to come to terms with the fact that Luka Modric is 37 years old. The Croatian international still dominates the middle of the park the way he always has and shows no signs of slowing down for either club or country.

While he has pushed himself continually to prolong his career in Europe, one knows that his departure from the club is not far away. Many expect the 2023/24 campaign to be his final dance with the white shirt, and it appears that Modric knows the writing is on the wall too.

According to reports from Volkan Demir, the midfield maestro recently spoke to soon-to-be Real Madrid player Arda Guler to coerce him to sign for the club.

As part of his conversation, he confirmed that he would not continue at the club past next summer and placed a lot of responsibility on Guler’s shoulders.

“I’m leaving next season, and I want you to have my jersey (10) next,” Modric is understood to have told the 18-year-old wonderkid.

Los Blancos endured a rough battle with arch-rivals Barcelona for the 18-year-old’s acquisition. After trailing for the most part, it was their offer that prevailed and the deal is now considered to be very close to completion.

Güler is expected to Carlo Ancelotti’s men at the earliest and will most likely make the trip to the USA for pre-season. It remains to be seen, however, if the manager considers the teenager an option in midfield or to play on the right side of the attack.

As for Modric, his role in the team this season is expected to be slightly subdued given the arrival of Jude Bellingham. Nevertheless, one can remain assured that he will have his usual decisive part to play when the big games arrive.

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Report: Real Madrid reactivate interest to sign €50 million-rated defender

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According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid have decided to reactivate the operation to sign Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

The Spanish football giant has shown interest in the Canadian star for quite some time but has yet to seal the deal. Now, following the conclusion of the Copa America, Real Madrid are reigniting their efforts to sign Davies.

Before the Copa America began, Davies mentioned that he would postpone any decisions about his future until after the tournament. 

With the competition now over, his future remains a hot topic for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, who are keenly monitoring the situation.

Real Madrid will not meet Bayern’s demand

Real Madrid are hesitant to meet Bayern Munich’s asking price of €50 million for Davies, whose current contract runs until 2025. 

Negotiations between Bayern Munich and Davies’ agent have been ongoing, but they haven’t reached an agreement. Davies is reportedly seeking a significant salary increase, rumoured to be around €20 million per season, which Bayern Munich has declined.

Alphonso Davies is likely to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

In light of this stalemate, Bayern Munich’s management has decided to withdraw their renewal offer, risking the possibility of Davies leaving for free when his contract expires in 2025. 

This development has opened the door for Real Madrid, who are preparing to make an offer that could potentially satisfy Bayern Munich’s demands.

Davies is likely to leave

In Germany, the consensus is that Davies is likely to leave Bayern Munich this summer, with Real Madrid being the most probable destination. The situation is fluid, but it appears that the Spanish club is in a strong position to acquire the talented Canadian defender.

For Real Madrid, securing a player of Davies’ calibre would be a significant boost to their squad. The club is known for its aggressive transfer strategies, and bringing in a player like Davies aligns with their goals.

As the summer transfer window progresses, the focus will remain on the negotiations between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 

Both clubs have a lot at stake, and the outcome will depend on their ability to find common ground regarding the transfer fee and Davies’ salary demands.

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