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Real Madrid icon’s availability for Copa del Rey final not in danger, to undergo tests today

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Apart from the dented morale following the harrowing defeat at the hands of Girona earlier this week, Real Madrid fans had another major concern as midfield mainstay Luka Modric had to come off with a knock during the game.

The 37-year-old, who started the match at Estadi Montilivi, was withdrawn in the second period and was soon after spotted on the bench with an ice pack on his left thigh.

It sent alarm bells ringing among the fanbase, ahead of a crucial couple of weeks for the Merengues as they gear up to face CA Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final before the double-header against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-final.

But, according to a fresh report from AS, there is no reason to be worried about Modric and his fitness, as the 37-year-old club legend’s availability for the Copa del Rey final is not in danger.

The report states that the Croatian international rested yesterday at his home with there being no training scheduled. And he is set to undergo some tests today to determine the extent of his injury.

But the message coming through from the club is that there are no serious concerns surrounding the physical condition of Modric and that he will be available for the crucial games coming up next month.

There is a probability that the midfield icon, whose contract renewal is now being taken for granted, could be rested for the upcoming La Liga clash against UD Almeria so that he can arrive for the big games in May in tip-top shape.

Despite being 37 years old, Modric continues to be a permanent fixture in Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid setup. The midfielder has played 44 games across all competitions this term, scoring and assisting six goals apiece.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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