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Manchester United confident of retaining exciting youngster on Real Madrid’s radar – Romano

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Real Madrid have emerged as a potential suitor for Manchester United youngster Alejandro Garnacho. The 18-year-old is an exciting talent who has made clubs take sit up and notice of his potential this season with some top performances.

And his contract situation at Old Trafford has put several big teams, including Real Madrid and Juventus, show an interest in his services.

Garnacho’s current deal with Manchester United expires in 2024, meaning he will enter the final year of his contract in the summer. While talks are ongoing with the Red Devils, a resolution is yet to be reached, piquing the interest of Real Madrid.

However, according to Romano, Manchester United are very confident of keeping hold of the Argentine prodigy by extending his contract in the coming weeks.

The journalist also specifies that neither Real Madrid nor Juventus have held any talks with the 18-year-old as of yet.

“I’m told Manchester United are very confident on a new deal for Alejandro Garnacho to be agreed in the next weeks or months,” Romano said (via Caught Offside).

“Talks are ongoing and Man Utd feel it’s close. Real Madrid and Juventus have not started contacts to sign the Argentinian talent, as of now.”

Real Madrid’s interest in Garnacho does not come as a surprise considering that they could be bidding goodbye to a couple of attackers in the summer.

Eden Hazard, for one, is certain to leave the Santiago Bernabeu having fallen completely out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti this season. Meanwhile, Marco Asensio could also be on his way out with his contract yet to be renewed.

It could pave the way for Real Madrid to bring in a new wide player to add more depth to the roster. However, Garnacho might not be the one that they bring in as Manchester United are confident about renewing the 18-year-old Argentine ace.

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Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”

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Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.

Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.

The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.

But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.

Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.

The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.

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