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Manchester City playmaker admits to having sleepless night after Real Madrid loss

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Manchester City might have gotten past Chelsea and made it to the FA Cup finals this weekend, but their hopes of a treble came crashing down even before that as Real Madrid eliminated them from the UEFA Champions League.

Following an exciting 3-3 draw in the first leg of the UCL quarterfinals at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid put in a resilient performance at the Etihad before walking away with a win and a spot in the semifinals via a penalty shootout.

Bernardo Silva was one of the culprits for Man City as he was guilty of attempting a tame penalty that went straight into the hands of Andriy Lunin who stood his ground centrally in goal instead of diving either side.

Now, opening up on the penalty miss and the subsequent defeat, Silva has admitted that he could not sleep on the night after Man City were dumped out of the Champions League.

“It was a frustrating night for me [on Wednesday],” Silva said, as quoted by ESPN.

“[And a] frustrating week for me personally, for the whole team, because we wanted to go after another historic season and we can still go for it, but it was a big disappointment to get knocked out of the Champions League.”

Silva shot straight at Lunin from the penalty spot. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

“First night, I didn’t sleep much, second night, you sleep a bit better, the third night you sleep almost the whole night, but it is what it is,” he added.

Silva also explained his decision to shoot centrally from the penalty spot against Lunin, as he said:

“So basically, I had two options. I had in my mind one of the sides, I’m not going to tell you which, and the middle. I was waiting, I wanted to be the second or the third penalty to see the reaction from the keeper in the first or the first two penalties.

“And he moved early, that’s why I thought the middle was good because [in] moments of pressure the keepers, 99% of the time, they move but he chose not to move and fair play to him, well done. It is what it is.”

Intriguingly, reports earlier today suggested that Silva will be leaving Manchester City in the summer and that Real Madrid could be the leading destination for the Portuguese international, who is also wanted by Barcelona and PSG.

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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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