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Multiple Real Madrid fringe stars in line to start against Real Sociedad – report

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With the 3-2 win against FC Barcelona on Sunday night, Real Madrid have all but sealed the La Liga title. The Merengues are now 11 points clear of the Catalans with six games left to be played.

Unless there is a dramatic nosedive, Carlo Ancelotti & co. will be crowned the champions of Spain in a month’s time.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid also have the threat of Bayern Munich looming in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in the coming weeks.

As such, Carlo Ancelotti plans to rotate his troops in the league, starting with this Friday’s La Liga clash against Real Sociedad, reports AS.

Fringe stars to get a look-in

Indeed, as per the report, Ancelotti is set to hand minutes to a number of his fringe players in the games to come, starting from the Real Sociedad encounter.

Arda Guler, who has been starved for minutes this season, is in contention to make his first start for Real Madrid in La Liga on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Brahim Diaz, who has been a regular as a substitute, is also likely to be given the nod by Ancelotti in the place of one of Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr., or Jude Bellingham.

Veteran striker Joselu, who has not seen many minutes of late, could also be in line for a greater role in the league, starting from Friday night itself.

Kepa could be a surprise starter vs Sociedad. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Eder Militao, recently back from injury, is also in line to start, so that he can get into rhythm keeping an eye on the Bayern Munich clash.

Dani Ceballos is another fringe player who is likely to benefit as Ancelotti will look to rest some of his midfield regulars like Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Federico Valverde.

Lastly, the report also suggests that forgotten goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who will return to Chelsea at the end of the season, might also start on Friday.

The Spaniard has displayed exemplary professionalism and attitude since losing his place to Andriy Lunin and even helped the Ukrainian during the penalty shootout win vs Man City. As such, he is likely to be rewarded with a start.

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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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