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Real Madrid ready to rival any bids for 20-year-old Chelsea defensive target



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Josko Gvardiol has emerged as one of the best-performing defenders in the ongoing FIFA World Cup this year, raising many eyebrows with his consistent performances at the back for Croatia.

The RB Leipzig star was notably rock-solid at the back during Croatia’s Round of 16 clash against Japan. And it appears his performances have not gone unnoticed either, as several clubs have started to take note and are eyeing a move for the defender in the near future.

According to a report from Evening Standard, one of those clubs are Real Madrid. The reigning European champions have joined Chelsea in the race to sign the RB Leipzig defender and are ready to rival any bids that come for the player.

Real Madrid and Chelsea are joined by Barcelona in the race to sign Gvardiol, who has built a solid reputation for his versatility at the back.

Gvardiol is known for his muscular figure that makes him an intimidating presence at the back even for the strongest of forwards. He is also technically adept at not only rotating possession but also moving forward with the ball, if necessary.

Gvardiol has primarily operated as a centre-back in this ongoing World Cup, offering solidity at the back, along with balance.

For Real Madrid, the breakthrough of the 20-year-old serves as a blessing as the club have been on the lookout for a versatile defender for a while.

Even though Los Blancos already boasts the services of a plethora of defenders, Nacho Fernandez’s future at the club has come under question as he is stalling contract talks due to his reduced role in the team.

Gvardiol, to that end, can not only offer fresh blood but can also be an alternative for Ferland Mendy at left-back, thus making him an excellent long-term investment.

However, luring Gvardiol away from Leipzig might not be a cheap operation. With the defender still having a contract until 2027, he might cost a fortune, especially with clubs such as Chelsea and Barcelona also interested in his services.

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Contract extension of two Real Madrid veterans will be signed soon – Fabrizio Romano




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According to Fabrizio Romano, both Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez will soon sign new contracts with Real Madrid. 

These deals are expected to be official shortly, ensuring that both players will stay with the club for another year as their contracts will be valid until June 2025.

Interestingly, Carlo Ancelotti has been key to this decision as he believes Modric’s experience and leadership are crucial for the team, especially since Real Madrid has a relatively young midfield lineup.

What is noteworthy is that Modric is willing to accept a pay cut to remain with the club. In the 2023/24 season, Modric earned around €10 million. 

However, under the new agreement, he will see a significant reduction in his salary by 40%. This means he will earn about €6 million for the 2024/25 season. Modric’s representatives have agreed to these terms.

What about Lucas Vazquez?

Real Madrid have assured the continuity of Modric and Vazquez. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Vazquez, who has been the subject of recent exit rumours, has also reached an agreement with Real Madrid for a new contract. 

This deal will also keep him at the club until June 2025. There will be a final meeting soon to finalise the details and sign the contract, similar to the process for Modric’s deal.

It is said that Real Madrid’s decision to keep Vazquez was made some time ago as the club view him as the ideal backup for Dani Carvajal, indicating that they do not plan to sign another right-back during the summer transfer window.

Madrid’s confidence

Although the negotiations took longer than expected, both Vazquez and the club are on the same page and want the same outcome. 

In summary, Real Madrid is set to secure the futures of both Modric and Vazquez with new contracts valid until June 2025. 

Modric’s deal involves a pay cut, reflecting his commitment to the club, while Vazquez’s new contract underscores the club’s confidence in him as a reliable backup for their right-back position. 

These moves are part of Real Madrid’s strategy to blend experienced leadership with youthful talent in their squad.

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