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Official: Real Madrid learn their opponents for Copa del Rey Round of 32



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As Real Madrid get set to start the defence of their Copa del Rey trophy in January, they have learned their first opponents in the competition.

Los Blancos are one among four La Liga teams that will enter the cup competition in the Round of 32 stages, alongside FC Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and CA Osasuna, all of whom will be competing in the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia next month.

Prior to that though, they will have to tackle the Round of 32 in Copa del Rey in a one-off away tie against a team from either the First Division or the Second Division RFEF.

Now, the draw, conducted today at the RFEF Headquarters at Las Rozas has seen Real Madrid get paired against Arandina Club de Fútbol.

The knockout out fixture will take place on either 6th or 7th January at the Estadio Municipal El Montecillo del Complejo Deportivo Juan Carlos Higuero.

Real Madrid have won the Copa del Rey on 20 occasions, with their latest success coming during the last season, ending a ten-year drought in the competition.

Now, they will be eager to bring home trophy #21 this season and their journey will start against Arandina, who play in the RFEF Second Division and eliminated Cadiz in the previous round.

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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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