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Real Madrid reach ‘agreement in principle’ over star midfielder’s extension – Romano

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When Luka Modric stood on the sideline of Estadio de La Cartuja on Saturday night, ready to come on for the final period, the chants in the stadium said it all about the midfielder’s legacy.

At this point in his career, every stadium in the world appears to be a home stadium for Modric. The midfielder is widely respected as one of the best players of his generation and he continues to age like fine wine.

Talks between Modric and Real Madrid over a contract extension have been ongoing for a long time now. The last week, in particular, has seen the process accelerated.

According to reports from the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano, Modric’s continuity at the club is now written in stone. The veteran has an agreement in principle with the club to stay until the summer of 2024 and the option of another year has also been mentioned.

There has never been a speck of doubt over the multiple-time Champions League winner’s priority to stay at Real Madrid. After all, he even rejected a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia earlier this year to compete at the highest level.

Carlo Ancelotti opted to use the midfielder sparingly against Osasuna purely out of precaution. Considering the schedule up ahead for Los Blancos, his decision was in the club’s best interest.

Modric is expected to start when Real Madrid take on Manchester City on Tuesday night in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal. Going up against one of the best teams in world football, the Croat will have to dig up every ounce of his experience to help Madrid progress.

In eight UCL appearances for Los Blancos this season, the 37-year-old has scored two goals and provided one assist. Further, he averages one key pass per game and has created three big chances,

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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