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Real Madrid ready to sign 33-year-old veteran striker permanently in the summer

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Carlo Ancelotti has a problem in his backyard in the build-up to Real Madrid’s next game. Both Vinicius Jr and Rodyrgo Goes returned to the club injured from international duty, and while the former is ruled out long-term, the latter is not in a pleasant situation either.

In fact, Vini is expected to be out for at least a couple of months, placing Ancelotti in a spot of bother. After all, he is the team’s most lethal resource in the final third.

Faith in Joselu

As revealed by journalist Rodra P (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid have complete faith in Joselu to guide them through the rough patch ahead. The Spanish veteran, indeed, is not Ancelotti’s first-choice attacking option but is well-versed in stepping up in Vinicius’ absence.

Earlier this season, Joselu made the difference when the Brazilian talisman was ruled out of action by scoring four goals and providing two assists in six games for the men in white. All in all, his tally this season stands at five goals and two assists.

A long-term plan?

The Spanish journalist goes on to add that Real Madrid, Joselu, and his entourage strongly believe in continuing their partnership beyond this season.

Everyone assumes that Los Blancos will pull the trigger and execute their purchase clause on the player.

Permanent transfer on the horizon. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

The Merengues paid just half a million Euros for Joselu’s signing from Espanyol last summer, and have the option to make it permanent for just €1.5 million more.

For the output he has been producing, that figure is a bargain.

Needless to say, the only question over Joselu’s continuity will be around his role after Real Madrid’s other summer operations.

Endrick will arrive in June, and with one of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe likely to join the club, he could be left with little to no importance if he continues.

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  1. OVIOMAIGHO DAVID EFE

    November 25, 2023 at 11:52 am

    Joselu is great and should be utilized more as well as Dias

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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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