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Official: Brahim Diaz called up by Moroccan national team

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After months of speculations and discussion, Real Madrid star Brahim Diaz finally decided to play for Morocco at the international stage instead of Spain.

And the 24-year-old attacking midfielder has been handed his maiden call-up by the North African nation today, for their upcoming fixtures against Angola and Mauritania.

Brahim is eligible to play for both Spain and Morocco and had even played for La Roja once three years ago.

The 24-year-old always dreamt of representing the Spanish national team and continued to wait for a call-up despite Morocco pressing him to choose them.

However, having not received much reciprocation from La Roja, the former Manchester City ace finally decided to opt for Morocco earlier this month.

And now, he finds himself on the squad list for their upcoming friendlies against Angola and Mauritania on March 22 and 26, respectively.

Named Real Madrid’s Player of the Month for February, Diaz has been in good nick for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

And now the 24-year-old will be hoping to carry that form onto the international stage and make it count when he makes his debut for Morocco this month.

Along with Brahim, Real Madrid youngster Youssef Lekhedim ‘Yusi’ has also been named in the Morocco squad list by manager Walid Regragui.

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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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