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Real Madrid coaching staff believe new defender will arrive in January despite club’s public stance

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Real Madrid find themselves in a difficult position as their squad is ravaged by injuries heading into the mid-season break.

The latest setback occurred this past weekend against Villarreal when Ferland Mendy and David Alaba suffered injuries, with the latter rupturing his ACL and getting ruled out for the rest of the season.

Alaba’s absence for the remainder of the season has opened up a debate over whether Los Blancos should sign a new centre-back in January, given that Eder Militao is also out with an ACL injury, leaving Antonio Rudiger and Nacho as the only fit senior central defenders.

But, it has been reported that Real Madrid have decided to not sign a new defender in January despite the injury situation.

Real Madrid staff believes new player will arrive

However, as per Guillermo Rai of The Athletic, sources close to the Real Madrid coaching staff believe that the club will sign a new centre-back in January.

The public message coming out from the club at this point is that there are no plans to sign anyone, but that does not seem to be the entire story.

Carlo Ancelotti, for one, hinted at the possibility of signing a new player in January after the match against Villarreal.

Out for the season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

And internally, sources close to the club’s coaching staff believe that a new player will likely arrive, considering that two senior defenders are out and there is a lack of both quantity and quality when it comes to backup options.

Sources from the recruitment department, however, tell The Athletic that funds might be limited for a January signing due to the investment made in Jude Bellingham, the renovations of the Santiago Bernabeu, and the club targeting other big names for the summer.

Several players linked

While there is still no definitive stance, Real Madrid have been linked with a host of central defenders as possible targets.

Leny Yoro, Goncalo Inacio, and Antonio Silva are some of the names said to be on the radars of the Spanish capital club.

Meanwhile, former Real Madrid stars Pepe and Raphael Varane have also been linked, although no contacts have been made with anyone about a potential move thus far.

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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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