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Official: Luka Modric ruled out of RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid



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Real Madrid have issued an official statement confirming that midfielder Luka Modric will not be travelling to Germany for their UEFA Champions League clash against RB Leipzig.

Los Blancos face off against the German outfit tomorrow in their penultimate Group F encounter of the Champions League. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have already booked a place in the knockout rounds of the competition. And a point on Tuesday will secure the top spot for them.

Heading into the game, Los Blancos were already without star striker Karim Benzema, who did not play at the weekend against Sevilla due to muscle fatigue.

On top of that, Federico Valverde has also been ruled out of the contest due to a minor knock he picked up during the win over Sevilla on Saturday.

Now, Modric, who had been named in the squad for the RB Leipzig clash by Ancelotti, has also been withdrawn at the last minute by Real Madrid, with the Croatian now missing the flight to Germany for tomorrow’s encounter.

“Luka Modrić will not play the match between Real Madrid and Leipzig, corresponding to matchday 5 of the Champions League Group Stage, which takes place tomorrow at the RB Arena,” the official statement from Real Madrid read.

“The Croatian was among those called up by Ancelotti for this match, but he is absent at the last minute and does not travel with the team to Leipzig.”

There is no clear indication as to why the decision has been made, but Real Madrid will be without three of their main players for the trip to Leipzig now.

But Jose Luis Sanchez has reported that the Croatian is suffering from a slight discomfort in his adductor. The issue is not serious but he has been dropped for the RB Leipzig clash as a precaution.

A clearer update on Modric’s withdrawal from the squad could arrive during Ancelotti’s press conference later tonight.

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Manchester City forward rejected Real Madrid after trials – ‘Good experience, but it’s in the past’



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When Real Madrid took on Manchester City last at the Etihad Stadium, they were humbled by a 4-0 thrashing that sent them home.

The game had Manchester City written all over it as the men in blue dominated from start to finish, generating almost five times as much goal threat as Real Madrid.

The final nail in the coffin on the night was delivered by a certain Argentine sensation who had been on the field for just two minutes.

Coming on in the 89th minute, Julian Alvarez found the back of the net in the first minute of added time and secured the win for his side.

Speaking to the media ahead of his team’s second-leg clash against the Merengues, the World Cup winner revealed that he was close to signing for Real Madrid in 2011 when he was still an eleven-year-old player with no professional contract.

He played a tournament in the Real Madrid colours, impressing the administration and management and doing enough to secure a deal.

However, his dream was cut short by FIFA’s rules which implied that a player under 16 could only sign for a club if his entire family moved with him. That, however, was not an option for Alvarez’s family.

“I was there for about 20 days. I was just 11 years old. To go to Spain, all my family had to move. It’s already in the past.”

Julian Alvarez scored against Real Madrid last season. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The young striker eventually signed for River Plate where he shone across all levels to earn a move to Manchester City in 2022. He now stares at another game against the club he could have represented and is determined to give his best tomorrow.

“It was a good experience but it’s in the past. Now I’m different, I’m a professional player. If we listen to what Pep tells us to do, we are going to win,” he said on his thoughts on Real Madrid.

When asked if he would like to score tomorrow against Los Blancos, the youngster did not hesitate in admitting that it would be special for him.

“Of course, I’d love to score again. Last game I was only able to play five minutes and I scored. This time I’d love to play a bit more and of course score.”

Finally, the World Cup winner spoke on Manchester City’s goal of defending the UCL title and why it was a very demanding ask from the men in blue.

“It’s going to be hard [to retain the Champions League]. Last season was hard, this season will be hard again. But we know what we have to do and we have the things to do it again.”

“We always learn, especially winning five different competitions, we learned a lot. But we always see the next game and we always focus on winning, winning, winning the next game,” he added on the team’s approach.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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