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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Barcelona | Super Cup Final

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Barcelona and Real Madrid are set to go head-to-head for the second El Clasico of the season as they meet in Saudi Arabia for the final of the Spanish Super Cup.

The semi-finals of both teams went to penalties against Real Betis and Valencia, respectively and both of them will be hoping to wrap up this game within 90 minutes before returning to La Liga action.

Madrid have lined up in their traditional 4-3-3 for this game, with Federico Valverde getting the nod ahead of Rodrygo and Marco Asensio at right-wing. The Uruguayan is accompanied by Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr at no. 9 and left-wing, respectively.

In midfield, Eduardo Camavinga get another chance to impress Carlo Ancelotti as the defensive midfielder, while Toni Kroos and Luka Modric start in an advanced role in the centre of the park.

With David Alaba injured, Antonio Rudiger takes responsibility as one of the two centre-backs alongside Eder Militao. Dani Carvajal assumes responsibility as the right-back, while Ferland Mendy starts on the left, guarding Thibaut Courtois in goal.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Mendy; Modric, Camavinga, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius

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Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”

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Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.

Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.

The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million.

But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.

Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.

The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.

Since joining the club in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.

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