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RB Leipzig mainstay plotting to beat Real Madrid in UCL Round of 16: “Have to be 150% ready”

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As we welcome 2024, Real Madrid’s main objective this year will be to clinch the UEFA Champions League once again while retaining its dominance in La Liga.

As far as their UCL campaign is concerned, the club topped the group stages by winning all of the six group stages.

The Spanish giants are now slated to face RB Leipzig in the Round of 16, which will be played in February.

It promises to be a tricky encounter for Los Blancos, as RB Leipzig have grown strength to strength each year despite losing their star players.

One player, however, who has remained a mainstay in the Leipzig setup is Dani Olmo. Joining the club in 2020, the former La Masia talent has been the club’s top source of creativity for a while now.

One player to keep an eye on (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

Dani Olmo keen on beating Real Madrid in UCL

What is particularly curious, though, is that Real Madrid are among the clubs which have kept a close eye on Olmo’s situation at RB Leipzig in recent years.

With that in mind, Olmo, in a recent interaction, has expressed his desire to knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League in February. “To beat Real Madrid, you have to be 150% ready,” Olmo told MARCA.

Olmo’s comments are enough to suggest that he has a great amount of respect for Real Madrid, even though he is keen on knocking the team out in the Round of 16.

Nevertheless, Real Madrid are likely to keep a close eye on the player’s performance, knowing he could be one of the potential targets in 2024 when they look to further strengthen their creative department.

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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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