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Real Madrid and Mbappe working out Ballon d’Or clause as talks enter final stage – Romano

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After years of speculation, Kylian Mbappe could indeed don the Real Madrid jersey next season putting an end to the long-drawn soap opera of his transfer.

In the process, the dream of a certain young French World Cup winner to play for the best club in the world will also come true.

Mbappe, on his part, has already informed PSG that he will not be renewing his contract this summer. Having completed his deal with the Ligue 1 giants, he will walk away as a free agent, and Real Madrid is the obvious destination.

Negotiations in the final stages

Mbappe’s entourage and Real Madrid administrators have been in close contact for several weeks now, ironing out the closing details of his first contract as a Real Madrid player.

According to the latest update from Fabrizio Romano, the negotiations between Mbappe and Los Blancos are now in their final stages.

The two parties are just adding the final touches to the already-agreed deal before the official exchange of signatures can occur.

One of the current topics of discussion, for instance, is around the Ballon d’Or clause that will be triggered if the player wins the elusive award as a Real Madrid player.

The achievement will entitle Mbappe to a massive bonus and the sum on the line for the same is presumably the facet under discussion.

Tit for tat?

By bringing in Mbappe, Real Madrid are taking away PSG’s icon and perhaps the biggest crowd-puller in Ligue 1. There is nothing the Parisiens can do about the same, and they are reportedly now looking to inflict damage on Real Madrid in turn as revenge.

As revealed on Friday, PSG will try to lure the Merengues’ star Vinicius Jr in exchange for Mbappe and will utilise their financial muscle to tempt the player away.

The chances of the Brazilian chasing the monetary excess, however, are very slim.

It remains to be seen if any truth arises from the latest rumour. In any case, Real Madrid will have a fierce squad heading into next season, so much so that an elimination from any competition in the season will be seen as an underachievement.

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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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