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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face RB Leipzig

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Real Madrid will look to book a place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League when they take on RB Leipzig on Wednesday in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie.

Real Madrid go into the game with a narrow advantage after having beaten Leipzig 1-0 away from home in the first leg. And they will be eager to finish the job at the Santiago Bernabeu and secure a place in the last-eight.

Ahead of the big game, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list of players that will be at his disposal tomorrow.

Star duo Jude Bellingham and Antonio Rudiger will be available for Real Madrid after they missed the first leg due to injury.

With the Englishman likely to be suspended for the weekend La Liga fixture against Celta Vigo, he will be eager to give it his all tomorrow.

Nacho Fernandez has recovered from his discomfort but could again be benched in favour of Aurelien Tchouameni in defence. It will also be interesting to see if marginalised stars like Arda Guler and Dani Ceballos get any minutes at the Bernabeu tomorrow.

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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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