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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli



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Flying high in the league, sitting top of the table, Real Madrid will now turn their attention towards the UEFA Champions League group stages round two, where they travel to the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona Stadium to face Napoli.

Carlo Ancelotti is back in Naples after his year-and-a-half stint there, and will be looking to get all three points from tonight’s clash, and as such, has gone for his best possible starting lineup.

Vinicius Jr takes his place in the starting lineup in the front-two alongside compatriot Rodrygo, and is joined by Bellingham in attack, who will play just behind the Brazilian duo.

Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde have been given the nod in central midfield, with Aurelien Tchouameni screening the defence as the single pivot.

The defence comprises a back-four, with Antonio Rudiger headlining it as one of the centre-backs. He is accompanied by Nacho, who picked up a red card against Girona on the weekend, holding fort ahead of Kepa in goal.

Eduardo Camavinga starts as a left-back once again ahead of Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy, with Daniel Carvajal rounding off the quartet as a right-back.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Kepa; Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Camavinga; Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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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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