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Marco Asensio suggests eliminating Barcelona from UCL will not be a ‘favour’ for Real Madrid

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Real Madrid will be looking to add to their historic Champions League collection this season.

But before they can get their hands on the trophy, they will have to overcome the reigning champions as well as the side that knocked them out of the tournament last season: Manchester City.

In the event they win, the next hurdles await in the form of either Arsenal or Bayern Munich in the semi-finals, followed by a potential clash against Barcelona or PSG in the ultimate showdown.

In light of these high-stakes clashes, the Merengues will vigilantly monitor the unfolding quarter-final matches, with a particularly keen interest in former player Marco Asensio’s clash against Barcelona.

Asensio talks about the clash with Barcelona

While the 28-year-old left Real Madrid last summer, he has the chance to continue earning their respect by defeating Barcelona.

The Madrid past. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

But when asked if he would be doing Los Blancos a favor by triumphing over the Catalan giants, Asensio emphasized that the priority would be to find success for his present club PSG.

The first favor will be for us. We are the ones who want to qualify and are very excited and are already preparing for the match,” he said.

We will play the first leg at home and it is very important that we achieve a good result with our fans who support us a lot,” the forward added, as quoted by Diario AS.

Clasico final up for grabs

In case PSG falter, Barcelona and Real Madrid could potentially lock horns in the final, which would be a first, as far as the history of the Champions League is concerned.

The last time the two sides met in the Champions League was in 2011 when they played each other in the semi-finals. Real Madrid lost the tie but could make up for their demise this time around.

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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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