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Real Madrid believe players should be blamed for Man City loss, not Ancelotti

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Wednesday’s 0-4 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-final has not been swallowed well by anyone at Real Madrid.

Thanks to the embarrassment, there is already a lot of heat within the club but the management will not take any rash decisions in the midst of this.

In this context, even Carlo Ancelotti’s job is safe, and the Italian is, in fact, going to meet with Florentino Perez to discuss plans for next season.

The former Milan and Chelsea coach was heavily criticized for changing the shape of his team in the second leg. Quite particularly, many pointed out that slotting Eder Militao in the starting XI was absolutely unnecessary, especially after how effective Antonio Rudiger was in nullifying Erling Haaland in the first leg.

Meanwhile, the manager has rightly received some flake, but the team believes that the players are more at fault for the defeat against City than the Italian, reports ESPN.

Writing for the outlet, Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez claim that the ‘blame should be shared among the playing squad, acknowledging Madrid’s inferiority against City’ while admitting that a change is of absolute necessity.

After all, the team attempted a mere seven shots throughout the game and only three of them were on target.

Barring Toni Kroos’s right-footed screamer, which hit the frame of the post, the Los Blancos hardly tested Ederson during the night.

Following the elimination from the UEFA Champions League, Madrid’s season is technically over, with the only thing left for them is to finish second in the league, which is already won by Barcelona. With only four games to play, Madrid are a mere two points ahead of third-placed Atletico Madrid.

Now, it must be noted that while Real Madrid are not targeting a complete overhaul this summer in order to alter the situation, they will look to add depth to the squad.

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Real Madrid veteran set for a 40% salary reduction as part of new contract

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Following Toni Kroos’ departure and speculation over Nacho Fernandez’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, the potential contract extension of Luka Modric should serve as a breather of fresh air for Real Madrid fans.

The Croatian international is set to continue for another season at Santiago Bernabeu. His experience and leadership will play a key role in an otherwise young Real Madrid midfield unit.

Numbers behind Modric’s new contract

As Modric gears up for a new contract at Real Madrid, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered details of his new deal at the Bernabeu.

It appears the Croatian international is ready to settle for a pay cut in order to continue at Real Madrid.

During the 2023/24 campaign, Modric’s net salary was around €10 million. However, there will be a substantial 40% reduction in his salary in the new deal.

Modric to take a pay cut at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

That means Modric is set to earn around €6 million net salary for the 2024/25 campaign. The terms of the new deal have been approved by the player’s entourage as well.

Set for greatness in 24/25

At the age of 38, Modric has already broken several records, including becoming the oldest player to represent Real Madrid.

But the former Tottenham midfielder could achieve much more in the coming season. If he retires by the end of next season, he will become the oldest player to retire at Real Madrid, at the age of 39. Not to mention, the midfielder will turn 40 in September 2025.

In addition, Modric currently holds six Champions League titles – equalling the tally of the legendary Paco Gento.

If the Croatian ends up winning the UCL title once again, he will create history by becoming the player with the most Champions League titles in the history of football.

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