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Official: Real Madrid squad list against Barcelona

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The biggest game of the season is all but here as Real Madrid travel to Catalonia to face off against Barcelona at the Saint Olympic Montjuic. It is the first El Clasico of the season, with the sides separated by a point at this stage.

Madrid were given a tiny scare against SC Braga in the Champions League, as Jude Bellingham had reportedly picked up a knock. However, both him, and manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that he will be ready to play in the game.

While the Englishman has made it to the squad list for the game, Real Madrid are still missing Arda Guler and Dani Ceballos through injury. Both players are nearing a return, though, and could be fit by the time Los Blancos lock horns against Rayo Vallecano.

Key players Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao are also out, still recovering from their ACL injuries which they picked up early in the season.

Joselu was a doubt for the game, but is part of the squad list announced by Carlo Ancelotti. Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Brahim Diaz round off the attacking quartet.

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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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