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Real Madrid managerial target does not have any team-specific clause, confirms club CEO

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Bayer Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro has said that Xabi Alonso, said to be on the radar of Real Madrid, does not have any team-specific release clause in his contract, saying that although there is mutual respect between the parties, they will not force him to stay if he forces an exit.

Last week, we reported that Alonso’s contract with Leverkusen has a unique provision that could potentially allow him to move to Real Madrid at a significantly reduced cost.

The clause was inducted since Alonso’s current agreement with Leverkusen extends until 2026, making him a potentially expensive acquisition in the market.

Following up to that, reports indicated that a clause in Alonso’s contract with Leverkusen stipulated the possibility of him joining Real Madrid for a mere €15 million fee.

It is not the case after all

Real Madrid want Xabi Alonso to replace Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

However, while speaking about it, Carro revealed that no such provision is included in Alonso’s deal, however, if he does not want to continue beyond this season, the team would respect his decision.

“No [there’s no such clause], but you don’t need a clause. We have a very, very good relationship with Xabi and he knows that we are a serious club,” he told TalkSport.

“At the end of the day, we’re not going to force someone to stay if he doesn’t want to stay. We want him to feel so happy and so good with us that he really only wants to stay and this is our objective,” he added.

He added that although the team will not give him a hard time if he decides to leave, he is hopeful that the situation will not go down to that extent.

“No nothing on paper but sometimes agreements that are not on paper are agreements as well and we know that if he needs to do a move in the future we’ll be able to talk with each other.

“I hope we will not need to do this because he will stay and be happy in Leverkusen,” he explained.

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Official: Real Madrid duo start for Spain against Luka Modric’s Croatia

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Spain will begin their UEFA Euro 2024 journey in a little over an hour with a clash against Croatia at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Ahead of the match, Luis de la Fuente has announced the starting lineup that will be taking the field for La Roja and two Real Madrid stars feature in the team.

Indeed, Los Blancos’ captain Nacho Fernandez gets the nod as one of the centre-backs amid some injury concerns for Spain.

Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal holds on to his usual place as the right-back for La Roja against Croatia.

There is no place in the starting lineup for Real Madrid forward Joselu, though, with De la Fuente preferring Alvaro Morata as his No. 9 instead.

While Croatia are yet to announce their starting lineup, it is all but certain that Real Madrid midfielder and legend Luka Modric will be in the team and will be captaining them against two of his club teammates today.

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