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Real Madrid have a plan in place to hire in-demand Bundesliga manager – report



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After showcasing his talents on the pitch for a decade and a half, Xabi Alonso has now enjoyed a majestic start to his coaching career as well.

During his first full season at Bayer Leverkusen, Alonso is on the verge of leading Die Werkself to a Bundesliga title, thus beating Bayern Munich’s dominance in German football.

Alonso has also guided Leverkusen to the quarterfinal stage of the Europa League, where the German club remain one of the favourites to win the competition.

Strong demand for Alonso

In light of his success at Leverkusen, Alonso has become a hot prospect in the European coaching scene, with several clubs interested in his services.

Alonso’s former clubs Bayern Munich and Liverpool are two teams keen on hiring Alonso in the coming summer.

Both teams will be without a coach at the end of the season, with Jurgen Klopp notably opting to put an end to his spell at Anfield.

Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, will also be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season following a series of underwhelming performances in domestic competitions.

What’s next for Xabi Alonso? (Photo by Cathrin Mueller/Getty Images)

Both clubs have identified Alonso as the ideal replacement and are willing to hire him in the coming summer.

Real Madrid’s plan with Alonso

However, as reported by Mundo Deportivo, both Liverpool and Bayern Munich are set to face stiff competition from Real Madrid in the race to sign Alonso this summer.

Although Los Blancos are set to continue with Carlo Ancelotti for the season ahead, after renewing his contract in December, the club have a proper plan in place to hire the Spaniard.

It appears Real Madrid are looking to continue with Ancelotti for just one year. And in the summer of 2025, they will try to hire Alonso as the replacement, offering him the opportunity to helm the Real Madrid project.

The Spanish giants consider Alonso as one of the best coaching prospects in the market right now and the club will do everything they can to secure his services.

For the coming summer, though, Real Madrid’s objective will be to prevent Alonso from joining either Bayern Munich or Liverpool and make sure that the Spaniard remains at Leverkusen.

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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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