For years now, Casemiro has been a constant feature in Real Madrid’s starting lineup. Perhaps for the first time since his move to the Bernabeu, the Brazilian faces direct competition for a starting spot this year.
The arrival of Aurelien Tchouameni throws many questions regarding the defensive midfielder’s continuity. This could even open a small window of fragility in his future at the club.
According to reports from The Telegraph, Manchester United are willing to offer €60 million to sign the midfield star. The English administration eye Casemiro as the ideal candidate to reinforce their weak midfield and communicated their interest yesterday.
Despite the arrival of Tchouameni, Ancelotti remains confident that he can utilise both players’ services. The manager even suggested that he could deploy the two players simultaneously.
“Casemiro & Tchouameni can play together as a pair of pivots.”
It would be surprising if the Brazilian maestro left the UEFA Champions League winning side for a team that is lingering at the bottom of the Premier League table. Yet, one remembers the case of Raphael Varane who made the same move just over a year ago.
Ancelotti will continue using Casemiro in upcoming games being quite sure of the veteran’s continuity. Yet, the final stretch of the transfer marker often springs surprises and one must not rule out a sudden turn of the tables.
Last season, Casemiro made 31 league appearances for Real Madrid scoring one goal and providing three assists. Moreover, he averaged close to a whopping 15 defensive actions per game.
Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”
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.