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Real Madrid expected to announce the renewal of veteran star imminently

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Amid ongoing speculation over Nacho Fernandez’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, Real Madrid fans could be served with some positive news this week.

While Nacho and Toni Kroos may no longer play for the club in the 2024/25 campaign, Real Madrid could be boosted by the renewals of Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez.

Modric renewal to be official soon

A recent report from MARCA has offered an update on the renewal talks for both the Real Madrid veterans.

Modric, in particular, appears all set to continue at Santiago Bernabeu for the 2024/25 campaign. The player has been in talks with the club for a long time and the only goal for both parties is to ensure the Croatian stays for another.

As per the report, Modric’s renewal could be officiated as soon as both parties have reached an agreement. This could serve as a major boost for Real Madrid, as they look to retain some of the experience in an otherwise young midfield setup.

Modric will play for Croatia in Euro 2024 (Photo by DENIS LOVROVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

Modric, who will turn 39 in September, has not lost his shape at all. Earlier in May, he notably became the oldest player to represent Real Madrid, overtaking Ferenc Puskas.

Modric’s economic sacrifice

The report further points out that Luka Modric has turned out a slew of economically lucrative offers in his bid to stay at Real Madrid.

He is happy in the Spanish capital and his family believes he has every reason to continue playing in Madrid, at least for another year.

It must be remembered that Modric has shown no signs of hanging up his boots yet and his participation in the 2026 FIFA World Cup has not been ruled out.

In the meantime, though, Modric will look to lead the Croatian team in the upcoming European championship. This will be his fifth European Championship, a feat very few have managed to achieve in world football.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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