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Real Madrid heavyweight will reject €80 million Saudi offer, has signed a renewal

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In a major development, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric will reject a massive €80 million contract offer from Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia in order to stay put at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Modric, 37, sees his current contract with Real Madrid expire on June 30. And while it was reported that a renewal was tied up, recent reports suggested that the Croatian international was considering a move to Saudi Arabia after receiving lucrative offers.

Only earlier today, it was reported that Al-Hilal were offering Modric a contract worth £120 million across two years. Meanwhile, it appears that Al-Ahli were also courting the midfield legend and were prepared to hand him a deal worth €80 million per season.

However, as per the report, Modric has no desire to accept any offers from Saudi Arabia despite them being tempting.

The 37-year-old midfielder dreams of playing at Real Madrid for one more year and wishes to end his career at the club where he has won five UEFA Champions League titles. The former Tottenham Hotspur ace also wants to experience the new Santiago Bernabeu.

As such, Modric is prepared to reject the advances of Saudi Arabia and stay put at Real Madrid, rather than following in the footsteps of his former teammate Karim Benzema, who left the club for Al-Ittihad earlier this month.

In fact, Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), reports that Modric has already signed his contract renewal with Real Madrid until 2024, ending all speculations about his future and any possible transfer to the Middle East.

With Jude Bellingham arriving imminently, Modric’s role at the Bernabeu could reduce to some extent. Despite that, the Croatian international intends to stay put at Real Madrid for one more year.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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