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Real Madrid plan on appealing the three-match ban against veteran defender



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Following their derby defeat to Atletico de Madrid, Real Madrid have produced a strong reaction, winning three matches in three across all competitions.

The only blemish during this period has been the red card that captain and veteran defender Nacho Fernandez received in the game against Girona.

Real Madrid to appeal against Nacho’s ban

Earlier in the week, reports emerged claiming that Nacho will be handed a three-match ban for his sending-off last week.

As such, the Real Madrid captain would miss the games against Osasuna, Sevilla, and Barcelona.

But, as per Onda Cero, Los Blancos plan on lodging an appeal against the three-match ban handed to Nacho, although they are not entirely confident that there will be any reduction in the suspension.

Nacho’s red card came as a result of a dangerous, reckless challenge on Girona’s Portu late in stoppage time when the game was all sewn up in favour of Real Madrid.

The tackle was uncalled for at that point given the situation of the match and it resulted in the Girona player getting stretchered off the pitch and picking an injury.

It was previously suggested that Nacho could face a four-game ban, but as it stands, he will be serving a three-match suspension.

But Real Madrid will try to appeal the sanction and reduce the length of his suspension, even though their efforts are likely to be futile.

What are Ancelotti’s options in defence?

Nacho’s suspension coupled with the injuries of David Alaba and Eder Militao leaves Carlo Ancelotti with Antonio Rudiger as the only senior centre-back available at his disposal.

While Alaba could return from injury, there is no clarity about his situation ahead of the game against Osasuna later this week.

As such, the manager might have to get creative and rely on someone like Ferland Mendy or Aurelien Tchouameni at defence.

Another option would be turn to Castilla prospect Alvaro Carrillo, who has been on the squad list in the last two games.

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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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