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Real Madrid choose three players to replace Modric, Kroos, Casemiro – report

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Real Madrid’s triple Champions League winning team was composed of several vital components. However, the heart and soul of that team was the hardworking, yet technically astounding midfield that put in stupendous shifts. 

Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Casemiro will go down as one of the best midfield trios of all time. The three continue to play at a high level despite being on the other side of 30 and are still indispensable to Real Madrid’s setup.

Now, the club must look for reinforcements for their veterans. According to reports from MARCA, Los Blancos have identified Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, and Aurelien Tchouameni as their future midfield. 

Of the three players, two are already a part of Ancelotti’s dynamics. However, the operation to bring the Tchouameni to the Bernabeu is complicated. 

Monaco demand a fee of €60 million for their midfielder, a fee that is considered steep by the Real Madrid offices. The 22-year-old is seen as the ideal successor to Casemiro but whether he is worth the fee commanded remains to be seen.

In 25 league starts this season, the Frenchman has scored one goal and provided an assist. He averages close to three tackes and three interceptions per game in addition to eight duels won and a clearance. 

Given the hefty fee demanded by Monaco, the operation involving the defensive midfielder will be dependant on Erling Haaland’s arrival.

If Los Blancos decide to invest their money on the Norwegian, the arrival of Tchouameni is complicated. However, it is clear that the midfield is in more urgent need for reinforcement when compared to the forward line.

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Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”

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Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.

Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.

The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.

But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.

Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.

The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.

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