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Real Madrid closely watching as managerial target’s release clause becomes active in 2025

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Before Real Madrid handed coach Carlo Ancelotti an extension until 2026, Real Madrid were linked with an abundance of high-profile coaches to succeed the Italian.

Zinedine Zidane, Raul Gonzalez, and Xabi Alonso emerged as a few of the candidates. As a former Real Madrid player who has been flying high with Bayer Leverkusen, Alonso was garnering seen as the favourite.

While the rumours fizzled out for the time being due to Ancelotti’s position at the helm now secure, Los Blancos are still eyeing Xabi Alonso’s career with interest.

After all, the strides he continues to make in the Bundesliga, with a league title finally in sight, have been proven to be nothing short of outstanding.

Release clause will come into force in the summer of 2025

Indeed, as per Fabrizio Romano In the summer of 2025, the release clause in Xabi Alonso’s contract at Bayer Leverkusen will come into effect.

Moreover, Real Madrid are understood to be among the interested parties when that happens, with club president Florentino Perez a great admirer of the Spanish tactician.

With Thomas Tuchel set to leave Bayern Munich in the summer, the Bavarians had been looking to rope in Alonso this summer. Another of his ex-club, Liverpool, were also keen.

Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid in 2025? (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)

But it appears that Alonso’s camp has made it clear that now is not the appropriate moment to move on as he will stay put in Leverkusen. As such, Bayern and Liverpool could now look elsewhere.

Consequently, Real Madrid have been handed a great boost considering the 42-year-old Spanish coach could be an option to replace Ancelotti in 2025.

Real Madrid will not let Alonso slip out of their sights

Indeed, reports have previously argued that the Merengues have a strategy in place to bring in the Spaniard.

It appears Real Madrid are looking to continue with Ancelotti for just one year. And in the summer of 2025, they will try to rope in Alonso as the replacement.

Real Madrid see Alonso as one of the best coaching prospects and do not wish to see their former midfielder slip out of their hands.

With Alonso staying in Leverkusen for another year and the release clause set to come into effect in 2025, things could fall in place for Real Madrid to move for him next year.

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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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