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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Newcastle United – report

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It is well-established at this point that Real Madrid intend to revamp their left-back department in the summer, with the signing of Alphonso Davies being targeted.

Furthermore, to make room for the Bayern Munich defender, Real Madrid are planning to part ways with Ferland Mendy in the upcoming transfer window.

Newcastle United interested

Now, Mundo Deportivo (h/t Fichajes), reports that Premier League club Newcastle United would be interested in securing the services of Ferland Mendy in the summer.

Mendy, 28, has put in a string of solid displays in recent weeks at left-back for Real Madrid. And even though Carlo Ancelotti and his staff are in favour of the Frenchman’s stay, the club do not see things the same way.

The French international has not always showcased his best version going forward on the left side while his fitness problems in the past are also a cause of concern.

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Headed for an exit. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Furthermore, Mendy’s contract with the Merengues expires at the end of the next season, in 2025, meaning he would enter the final year of his deal this summer.

As such, the Real Madrid management is in favour of selling the former Olympique Lyon defender.

Newcastle United, for one, are said to be interested, although the rumour does come off as a bit strange, considering the Magpies’ wealth of options at left-back.

Indeed, Eddie Howe’s side have Dan Burn, Matt Targett, Toni Livramento, and Lewis Hall as options for the left-back position. In fact, Hall’s loan deal from Chelsea is all set to become a permanent switch in the summer.

As such, the reports of interest in Mendy must be taken with a pinch of salt.

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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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