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Real Madrid icon set for a one-year renewal, money never an issue – report

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Only a few days after Real Madrid reportedly renewed Karim Benzema’s contract, journalist Sergio Santos reports that veteran midfielder Luka Modric will also continue for another year.

Santos writes that the news of his extension until 2024 was communicated to him weeks ago by Florentino Perez himself. The club president told the Croatian that the renewal will be sent after these decisive matches and that money is certainly not going to be a problem.

The Real Madrid management is currently working on several renewals and Santos reports that six of the seven players that are going to be out of contract, will be given extensions.

This includes Benzema, Toni Kroos, Nacho, Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, and of course Modric. On the other hand, Mariano Diaz will have to find a new team.

Benzema’s one-year renewal is taken for granted already while Kroos is also said to have signed a new deal. Some like Asensio already have an offer on the table but others, like Modric, are relying on word of mouth that they will continue beyond their ongoing contract.

For Modric, it is said that he had an informal chat with Perez where the latter affectionately told him he would receive the new offer in writing once the team crosses the ongoing fixture congestion.

This was done to make the Croatian feel at ease because it was reported that his contractual situation is making him worried. The management does not want the midfielder to lose his focus at this stage of the season and above all, they actually want him to continue next season as well.

Modric’s continuity has never been about finances. If that were the case, he would have easily signed for one of the clubs from Saudi Arabia. For him, Real Madrid are the absolute priority.

So what happened last year will be repeated this season as well. Real Madrid have waited long enough to see his performances in decisive matches and an extension of another year will soon be presented to him.

For what it is worth, the top Madrid officials would have loved to see Modric following the footsteps of Kroos and Benzema and retiring from international football. As it turns out, he has decided to continue, meaning that the following season will be gruelling in terms of schedule.

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‘Give everything to win’ – Real Madrid UCL hero ready for Barcelona challenge

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Andriy Lunin was Real Madrid’s main protagonist in the club’s narrow win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Lunin is going to be in focus once again as Real Madrid brace themselves for another important encounter against Barcelona.

Speaking ahead of this crucial tie, Lunin talked about how Real Madrid will put the title race to an end if they can secure a win over Barça.

Lunin on Barcelona – Real Madrid clash

“It is clear that Clásico is a very important match. We are all clear that winning this Sunday can almost solve the League,” Lunin told TVE (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“We have prepared ourselves in the best possible way to take three points, which are very important.”

Real Madrid are indeed heading into this game with a solid eight-point lead over Barcelona in the league table.

A win this evening could help them extend that gap to 11 points, effectively ruling Barça out of the title race.

Lunin is focused ahead of the Barcelona tie (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid have attained an excellent record against Barcelona of late. Lunin, though, believes past encounters do not matter in a Clasico.

“In a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona the things that have happened are forgotten and everyone is concentrating,” the Ukrainian added.

Lunin went on to talk about Real Madrid’s gruelling schedule, with the Spanish giants coming on the back of a 120-minute encounter against Man City.

“It is true that last stretch of the season is very demanding. The team played 120 minutes in Manchester, it was good to suffer and overcome difficulties. Now we have Barça at home, with our people and we have no choice but to give everything to win,” he said.

Lunin also talked about his watered-down celebration following his penalty heroics against Man City, adding, “I am a quiet and rather shy person, but within me, I had tremendous joy. I already said after the game that I was the happiest person in the world.”

Finally, the goalkeeper was asked about his future at Real Madrid, with his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expiring in 2025.

“Real Madrid has been a dream since I was little, but now it is time for the most important games of the season and we have to be focused because we have to get the best result from what we have left. Then we will talk about the papers (contract) and other things,” he concluded.

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