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Real Madrid are not planning a ‘revolutionary summer’- report
There has been a dramatic turnaround in Real Madrid’s overall approach in recent years. The club historically associated with big-spending and dubbed the ‘Galacticos’ for the same reason has slowly, yet surely phased out of the famed approach.
Real Madrid no longer pursue established stars with the frequency they once did. The focus, instead, has shifted to young talents with potential for stardom, thus settling up a holistic system. Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick’s transfers are all testament to the same.
It was rumoured earlier this month that Real Madrid would enter the summer transfer window with big spending in mind again.
However, MARCA refuse to share the page on that front, and state that the club will not have a ‘revolutionary’ summer.
The administration at Valdebebas believes that the squad has the quality and young talent to remain on the top for years to come. The focus will thus be on the development of existing proteges.
Real Madrid will also prioritise renewals of players whose contracts end in June, namely Luka Modric, Dani Ceballos, Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema, and Nacho Fernandez.
In addition, the club will keep their loanees, such as Brahim Diaz, on the radar and look to re-incorporate them if their performance warrants so. Along the same lines, there will be an attempt to sell players only with a buy-back clause.
The only big-name transfer linked to Real Madrid in recent months has been that of Jude Bellingham. While the club’s interest in the midfielder is real, recent offers from Manchester City and Liverpool render it difficult on the economic front. The hope at the Bernabeu is that the player will choose the sporting project over money.
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Real Madrid pose concern over veteran midfielder’s duties with national team
Real Madrid are surprised that Luka Modric continues to play for Croatia despite his age and the physical demands of international football, reports Jorge Picon (h/t Madrid Xtra).
The club have reportedly been concerned that the midfielder’s involvement with his country has been taking a toll on his performance at the club.
Modric is one of the most successful players in Real Madrid’s history, having helped the team win five Champions League titles and three La Liga titles since joining in 2012. He has also been an important player for Croatia, helping his country reach the World Cup final in 2018.
However, Real Madrid officials are worried that Modric is overworked, with the midfielder playing almost 30% of his minutes this season for his national team. It is worth noting that he played in the 2022 World Cup with Croatia, helping his nation achieve third place.
They fear that this could lead to burnout or injury and have urged Modric to consider retiring from international football.
Despite these concerns, Modric has been adamant that playing for his country has not affected his performance for Real Madrid. He has insisted that he is still able to give his best for both club and country. It appears he has no intention of retiring from international football anytime soon.
The issue of Modric’s international career is just one of several challenges Real Madrid are facing in their bid to renew the contract of the former Tottenham star.
The club are currently going through a transition period, with several key players approaching the end of their careers. Modric has been notably linked with a move to Saudi Arabia as well, sparking uncertainty over his future at the club.