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Real Madrid forward hails veteran teammate: “The best I’ve played with”

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Brazil are set to kickstart their FIFA World Cup campaign later this evening as they take on Serbia at the Lusail Stadium.

One of the players expected to play a crucial role in this game is Real Madrid star Rodrygo, who has recently published his story in the Players’ Tribune.

Among other things, the youngster talked about Luka Modric, offering key insights into his dressing-room interaction with the Croatian international. He also hailed the midfielder for his quality and longevity, even at the age of 37.

“Luka began calling me ‘hijo’. Sometimes I call him ‘padre’. Like my actual dad, he can be a pain in the as*. He is on us, all the time. But that’s what it’s like at Madrid. You have to work. You never stop,”  Rodrygo said.

The Brazilian went on to describe one incident, adding, “We keep joking with Modric that he’s old. Casemiro once said that my dad was soon turning 36 then Luka was like, ‘Really? Then you have to respect me because I could have been your father’.”

Rodrygo has been playing with Modric for over three years now, having joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2019. The attacker hailed the ageing Croatian, claiming he is the “best I’ve played with.”

Rodrygo’s story on the Players’ Tribune comes just a day after Croatia’s opening day draw with Morocco in the World Cup, where Modric was unable to steer his side to all three points.

Many will expect Rodrygo’s Brazil to avoid that scoreline when they take on Serbia later tonight. However, whether or not Rodrygo will be given a start by head coach Tite remains to be seen, although his Real Madrid teammate Vinicius Junior is almost destined to start this crucial encounter.

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Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report

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Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact. 

As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.

The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.

Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.

Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.

In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.

From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.

In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.

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