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Real Madrid 21-year-old loanee focused on current club amid rumours of return next season

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During the 2023 summer transfer window, several young prospects from the Castilla youth ranks departed Real Madrid, most of them on permanent deals.

One of the young players to depart on loan from the Spanish capital club was Rafa Marin, who joined Deportivo Alaves.

Given that opportunities for academy graduates are hard to come by in such a competitive environment, Real Madrid’s Marin could benefit from increased opportunities at the newly promoted Spanish team

Now, with the season nearing its culmination, the decision appears to be paying dividends as Marin has established himself as a key contributor during this campaign.

Rafa Marin opens up about exit rumours

When questioned about the rumors linking him to Real Madrid and Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen team, the 21-year-old downplayed the speculation, emphasizing his commitment to his current role.

“Until the end of the season I am only focused on training here, on playing well and giving the highest level for the team and I don’t want to know anything else until the summer arrives,” Marin remarked in a press conference via Mundo Deportivo.

He additionally claimed that the drive to learn and the determination to improve is what fuels personal growth.

“The desire to learn and the desire to improve are what lead you to improve on a daily basis and to acquire a certain level,” he stated.

Real Madrid will count on Rafa Marin next season

Although the Spaniard has remained tight-lipped over his future, Real Madrid have been impressed with his progress at Alaves and intend to bring him back to the Spanish capital.

Indeed, reports have argued that Rafa Marin will be one of Carlo Ancelotti’s central defense options, along with David Alaba, Eder Militao, Nacho, and Antonio Rudiger.

His performances have impressed the club’s hierarchy and a place back in the squad is no longer a distant possibility.

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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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