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Real Madrid star will push to be available against Valladolid after World Cup run

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Among all the Real Madrid players that participated in the recently-concluded FIFA World Cup this month, Luka Modric, along with French duo Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga ended the tournament later than everyone else.

Tchouameni and Camavinga were part of the final between France and Argentina that was played on Sunday, whereas Modric had to stay back for the third-place playoff match between Croatia and Morocco until Saturday.

Due to these three players only getting a total of nine rest days, it was initially expected that they would miss Real Madrid’s game against Real Valladolid at the end of this month.

However, according to a report from Tportal (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Modric has no plans to sit back and enjoy his rest and wants to return to Santiago Bernabeu as soon as possible, in order to make himself available for the Valladolid clash.

The Croatian news outlet suggests that Modric was expected to return to his hometown Zadar, where he was supposed to be received by his countrymen.

But it appears the midfielder has not come to Zadar, in favour of a trip back to Madrid so that he can better prepare himself and make himself available for the game against Valladolid.

Modric was scheduled to return to Valdebebas for training on December 28. But his decision to return early is only a testament to the professionalism that the veteran Croatian exudes.

Even at the age of 37, the former Tottenham Hotspur superstar continues to be a valuable part of the Real Madrid setup as well. His return could be a major boost for the Whites, who will otherwise miss out on Tchouameni and Camavinga.

However, given how hard the veteran has worked during the World Cup, it remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti makes the decision to start him against Valladolid.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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