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Man United, Newcastle hold concrete interest in €20 million-rated Real Madrid defender

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The speculated arrival of Alphonso Davies in June leaves Real Madrid with a critical decision to make. After all, one of their two existing left-backs must part ways with the club to accommodate the Canadian international, and the decision is not straightforward.

As revealed earlier today, Los Blancos are in a dilemma between Ferland Mendy, who has not put a foot wrong in recent weeks, and Davies who has been their priority for a while now.

Keeping both players at the club next season is not seen to be feasible.

Interest from England

While Mendy may have significantly stepped up in recent games, Real Madrid will likely see more utility in Bayern Munich’s speedster considering his contributions in the final third.

In such a case, Mendy’s departure is non-negotiable, and the Frenchman’s improved performances have not gone unnoticed, luckily for Real Madrid.

According to reports from L’Equipe, Manchester United and Newcastle United are both concretely interested in the Real Madrid left-back.

The option of Old Trafford appeals to the player, but he does not fancy playing for the Magpies.

Ferland Mendy a man in demand. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City have also enquired about his situation. Bayern Munich from Germany are also said to be interested.

Mendy wishes to stay

The French left-back’s contract with Real Madrid runs out in the summer of 2025, and as revealed earlier today, Mendy has no intentions of leaving.

He has been Ancelotti’s trusted option at left-back all season, including the big European clashes, and sees his improvement in form to be worthy of a renewal.

Moreover, he is now willing to agree to the same proposal that he turned down a month ago leaving Los Blancos with a serious decision to make. The final decision will depend on Alphonso Davies’ situation, needless to say.

*Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication

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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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