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Real Madrid are not in talks to sign Manchester United superstar in January

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Real Madrid have been dragged into a precarious position in the defensive unit this season, following the injuries of Eder Militao and most recently, David Alaba.

With Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger remaining as the only two viable options in central defence, the club are desperately looking for a new defender in the market.

As Real Madrid think about signing a new defender in the upcoming January transfer window, the name of Raphael Varane has come up in the media circles lately.

It appears the former Real Madrid defender would be open to joining the club in January, although Bayern Munich are also interested in his services.

Real Madrid not in talks with Man United

However, according to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid have yet to show interest in Raphael Varane so far.

In fact, the Spanish giants are not in talks with either Varane or Manchester United, over the potential signing of the Frenchman in January.

This comes even after renewed speculation over Varane’s potential return to the Bernabeu, as the defender looks to make his way out of Old Trafford.

Varane is facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)

Varane joined Man United in the summer of 2021, for a fee of around €40 million. During his two-and-a-half-year spell at Old Trafford, he has featured in 77 competitive matches.

Varane, though, has fallen behind in the pecking order at Man United this season, with the defender only starting in five league matches this season.

Despite that though, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag does not wish to offload Varane, whose contract at Old Trafford doesn’t expire until 2025.

Real Madrid, therefore, may have to spend a fortune in order to attain the services of their former defender. But the club so far have shown no indication of doing so.

In fact, Los Blancos are reportedly targeting other players in January, with Lille’s Leny Yoro reportedly being identified as the ‘next Varane’.

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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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