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Real Madrid midfielder unlikely to renew his contract with the club – report

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Luka Modric is one of seven Real Madrid players that have their contracts expiring at the end of the season.

The Croatian international has been serving Real Madrid for over a decade now and has featured in 459 matches for the club. But at the age of 37, there are doubts about whether he would like to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

According to Jose Manuel Moreno, Modric will not renew his contract at Real Madrid this year and will cease to become a Real Madrid player after the end of the season.

This comes as a real shocker for Los Blancos, who have been relying heavily on the services of Modric for over a decade now. Even at 37, the Croatian plays a major role in Carlo Ancelotti’s midfield unit, particularly due to his experience and ability to perform at the highest level.

Modric recently led the Croatian team to a third-place finish in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Following his exploits in Qatar, there were suggestions that the midfielder will continue at Real Madrid for one more season by extending his contract at the Bernabeu.

But it appears the veteran midfielder is reconsidering his decision and may quit after spending 11 years in the Spanish capital. During his time at the club, Modric has bagged five Champions League titles and three La Liga titles. He even won the prestigious Ballon d’Or in 2018.

But if the 37-year-old opts to move on from Real Madrid at the end of the season, it will leave Ancelotti with a dearth of options in midfield, especially with Toni Kroos also looking at the possibility of an early retirement.

Real Madrid have been linked with moves for young midfielders such as Jude Bellingham in order to alleviate the potential loss of experienced stars like Modric and Kroos. But funding a move for the Englishman could be a challenge, especially with Borussia Dortmund holding out for a fee of €150 million.

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Injury update – Kylian Mbappe could be out for 4-5 weeks

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Real Madrid’s new signing Kylian Mbappe suffered a serious injury to his nose during France’s win over Austria earlier this month. The setback even saw the forward sit out the team’s next game against The Netherlands.

As revealed in an update by Diario AS, however, the player’s injury is not as bad as initially anticipated. Contrary to the tentative diagnosis that he may have fractured his nose, it now appears to only be a strong deviation.

It is clear that the player must go under the blade for a smooth recovery. While Real Madrid prefer the procedure to take place immediately, they understand the player’s decision to postpone it until after the Euros.

A month out

Mbappe’s nasal injury will take a minimum of three weeks to heal once he goes under the blade. A more realistic and safer return date would be a month to five weeks after the procedure.

The new signing, thus, will likely miss pre-season with Carlo Ancelotti’s side and there was doubt over his participation in the all-important UEFA Super Cup against Atalanta on 14th June.

The Spanish outlet, however, state that the player could make it back just in time to make his debut against the Serie A side.

After all, the Euro final is scheduled for the 15th of July. Should Mbappe make it that far with France and then undergo surgery, he will still have close to a month before Real Madrid take to the field in Warsaw.

Commitment like none other

Despite facing a serious injury blow in France’s opening clash against Austria, Mbappe insisted and pushed until the very end to participate against the Dutch side on Matchday 2.

Over the years, the French phenom has established himself as not only the epitome of consistency but also dedication. Given how playing for Real Madrid was always his dream, he will do everything in his capacity to participate in the Super Cup.

His presentation as a Real Madrid player will likely take place immediately after France conclude their campaign in the Euros and before he undergoes surgery.

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