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Real Madrid optimistic about keeping veteran duo at the club beyond 2023 – report

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According to Cadena SER, Real Madrid will offer new contracts to veteran midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos and are optimistic about keeping the duo at the club beyond the current season.

Both Modric and Kroos are in the final year of their respective contracts at the Santiago Bernabeu and have been subjects of speculation due to the same, especially with the German superstar.

Indeed, there have been reports that Kroos could decide to retire at the end of the season when his contract expires. As for Modric, there have been no such rumours but with the club pushing to sign Jude Bellingham next year, murmurs of an exit have done the rounds.

However, as per the report, Real Madrid hope to keep both Kroos and Modric at the club beyond the ongoing campaign.

The reigning champions of Spain and Europe are planning to offer the seasoned campaigners a new deal that would keep them at the Santiago Bernabeu for another year.

And the report states that Real Madrid are ‘very optimistic’ when it comes to Modric signing an extension and are ‘quite optimistic’ about Kroos’ renewal.

Despite their age, Modric and Kroos continue to be two of Real Madrid’s best performers. The duo was recently praised heavily by manager Carlo Ancelotti following Los Blancos’ 5-1 win over Celtic on Wednesday.

“It’s business as usual. If the young people surprise, Luka and Toni do not. They are always at a very high level. They handle the ball well and control the game. They are players with unique quality and experience,” he said.

Considering how much he values that pair, Ancelotti is likely to want Kroos and Modric to continue at Real Madrid at least for another year. Whether they go on to sign new deals will be interesting to see.

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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros

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Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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