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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup to face Getafe | La Liga



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Real Madrid will face off against Getafe at Coliseum Alfonso Perez in a couple of hours with the aim of reclaiming the top spot in the La Liga table.

Ahead of the clash, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the starting lineup that will be taking the field to face off against Jose Bordalas’ men today.

Unlike in the past, the Real Madrid boss has not opted to rotate the goalkeepers and has handed Andriy Lunin another start over Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The defensive line sees Ferland Mendy come in at left-back ahead of Fran Garcia. Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez continue as the centre-back pairing while Lucas Vazquez replaces Dani Carvajal at right-back.

Aurelien Tchouameni features as the defensive midfielder for Real Madrid against Getafe.

Federico Valverde returns to the starting XI after being rested against Las Palmas. The Uruguayan replaces Dani Ceballos in the side while Luka Modric comes in for Toni Kroos.

Jude Bellingham is back in the team as well after missing the last match due to suspension. He replaces Brahim Diaz in the attacking midfield role while Joselu and Vinicius Jr. start up top for Real Madrid, with Rodrygo dropping out.

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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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