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Real Madrid plan to carefully manage workload of midfield mainstay next season



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When Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi dominated the Ballon d’Or awards, the world knew it would take something special to break the duopoly. It was finally Luka Modric who did the unthinkable in 2018 after a stunning season for club and country.

Now nearing 37, the Croatian international is still as vital to Real Madrid’s plans as he once was. Despite his age, the club offered him a one-year contract extension last month to keep him in the team for the coming season.

According to reports from Diario AS, Real Madrid will take special care of Modric this season. The management recognises that he played 103 games in the last two seasons and believes that his workload must be better managed to get the best out of him.

While the veteran will continue to start in important games, his prominence as a regular starter will be greatly reduced. This will not only provide rest to the player but also help the manager oversee a smooth transition to the next generation of midfielders.

Eduardo Camavinga is knocking on the doors for a starting spot and could benefit from Modric’s situation this year. The Frenchman, alongside Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde, is seen as the future of Real Madrid’s midfield.

This could well be Modric’s last season at the club. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez already has his eyes set on Jude Bellingham as a natural replacement and it remains to be seen if that operation is successful.

Last season, Modric started 25 league games for Los Blancos. In that duration, he recorded two goals and provided eight assists.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report



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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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