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Real Madrid panicking over prospect of being eliminated from the Champions League while eternal rivals could secure qualification

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The Champions League is historically regarded as Real Madrid’s domain. The Merengues boast a staggering 14 titles, surpassing the collective tally of all remaining teams in the tournament.

Real Madrid’s season thus far has shown several encouraging signs, as they are en route to winning La Liga and started 2024 off strong by defeating Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final.

But after the draw against Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, uncertainty looms over the team’s chances of lifting the trophy.

Madrid in panic as Champions League exit looms large

Indeed, as per SPORT (h/t FCB World) Real Madrid are in a frenzy because they believe they are on the cusp of Champions League elimination.

While the Merengues have a second leg to make amends, the club recognizes they missed out on a great opportunity by drawing at home turf, especially considering they could not make the most of their dominance in the first half.

Additionally, the report states that Los Blancos cannot stand the possibility of Barcelona securing qualification to the semi-finals, with the Catalans maintaining a 1-goal lead over PSG and set to play the second leg at home.

Unlike normally, Carlo Ancelotti appeared incredibly nervous in the press conference, which is a sign of the rising tensions in the Spanish Capital.

Manchester City will retrieve key players

Counting Real Madrid out in the Champions League is never a wise idea, but matters will be made worse for the Royal Whites, as the Cityzens will have both Nathan Ake and Kyle Walker on the bench in the second leg.

Furthermore, despite his exclusion in the first leg, Kevin de Bruyne is expected to start at the Etihad Stadium, while Phil Foden will be present too, despite picking up a knock in the first leg.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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