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Real Madrid could make unprecedented renewal offer for club legend – report

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Few players in the world embody football better than Luka Modric. The Croatian superstar is one of the last-standing pieces of Los Blancos’ legendary team of the last decade, yet, continues to fight for a place in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

The current season has largely been dubbed to be the magician’s final season at Real Madrid. At 38 years of age, a renewal appeared impossible especially given the rise of Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga and others.

Reports in recent weeks, however, have revealed the possibility of an extension, and Mario Cortegana of The Athletic provides a comprehensive overview of the veteran’s situation and future.

A deserving exception

Real Madrid have never been a club to be carried by emotions and have regularly removed deadwood at the end of their cycle irrespective of a player’s stature.

A renewal at 38 years of age is thus unheard of in the Spanish capital, for it has never happened before.

The Spanish journalist, however, reveals that there is still hope for Modric to play one more season at the club of his dreams. There is still a discussion to be held between the administration and the player, and both options are wide open.

While indeed unprecedented, Modric would make a worthy exception to Los Blancos’ policy against aged players for his recent performances have shown that he is still at the peak of his powers.

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Will he stay or leave? (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Moreover, the Santiago Bernabeu loves the player and would be blessed to witness him for one final season.

Option B

While Real Madrid may well offer Modric a contract in the coming meeting, the player is aware that his role next season will be even less than his minutes this season.

As an individual who values minutes on the field over anything else, it is thus unclear if Modric will be willing to renew for the bench role.

If he decides to leave the club in June, the 38-year-old has no shortage of options from Europe or other rising leagues.

Modric would prefer a move to another European club or the MLS in such a scenario, for they appeal more to him than the Saudi-Pro League.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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