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Real Madrid star winger says ‘the coach will have a problem with Mbappe coming’

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Despite being without Vinicius Jr. on the night, Real Madrid registered a thumping 2-0 win over Athletic Club, asserting their dominance as they continue to lead the charge for the La Liga title.

The protagonist on the night was Rodrygo, whose brace secured the impressive win for Real Madrid. 

Speaking after the game, the forward, whose immediate future has been put into question due to the impending arrival of Kylian Mbappe, spoke on the subject, saying that although he does not know much about this, the Frenchman’s arrival would be a good headache for the manager.

“I don’t know about Mbappe yet. I think he’s close because everyone says so and I trust you, but I don’t know what’s happening either,” he said as quoted by MARCA.

“If Mbappe comes, I will be benched? It will be a happy problem for the manager. I’m only focused on Real Madrid,” he added.

More thoughts on Mbappe

Rodrygo scored a brace against Athletic Club. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

It seems Rodrygo is clear that even if Real Madrid were to sign Mbappe to bolster their attacking lineup alongside Vinicius and Jude Bellingham, he is only focused on the current season as he wants to win the remaining trophies.

“I don’t think anything… I only think about being focused on this season and finishing it well, with as many titles as possible,” he said.

Adding his thoughts about the game, he said, “These three points are very important. We always have to add to get closer to the title.”

Meanwhile, Rodrygo, who was named the player of the match, also spoke about the return of Eder Militao, who stepped onto the field for competitive action for the first time since August. “I am much happier with Militao’s return than with my two goals,” said the Brazilian.

Lastly, Rodrygo also urged the fans to turn up in good numbers during their upcoming UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester City. “We want the stadium to be dyed all white,” he said.

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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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