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Mbappe wants to resolve future before UCL Round of 16 even as Real Madrid set mid-January deadline

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The Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid saga is slowly starting to take centre stage again as the French superstar has entered the final six months of his contract with PSG.

The 25-year-old can now begin negotiations with any club of his desire and reach a pre-contract agreement to sign for them as a free agent in the summer.

And, Real Madrid are eager to pounce on the situation and strike a deal with their long-term target at the earliest possible.

Real Madrid have indeed set a mid-January deadline

For a while now, it is being reported by Spanish media outlets that Real Madrid are eager for Mbappe to make a decision on his future, by as early as January 15.

There had been not much affirmation of the matter from the media in the player’s nation. But now, L’Equipe (h/t Madrid Xtra) is claiming that Los Blancos have indeed set a mid-January deadline for Mbappe to take a call on his next move.

The current La Liga leaders will send an offer to the French superstar who will then have to make a quick decision on what he wishes to do, with the Merengues eager to avoid a dragged-out soap opera and unnecessary drama like in 2022.

The report further states in the current scenario, the decision from Mbappe might come quickly with there being a chance that he has decided on his next move before the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.

Decision imminent? (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

What has Mbappe said?

Mbappe, however, appeared very relaxed and laid back when asked about his future earlier this week, as he said:

“I have not made a decision yet. But we have an agreement with the president that means that all parties are protected. 

“In 2022, I didn’t know my decision until May. If I know what I want to do, I shouldn’t let the decision drag on. It wouldn’t make any sense.” 

With Real Madrid seemingly pushing Mbappe for an answer by mid-January, it remains to be seen how things pan out.

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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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