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Real Madrid striker injured again after playing just three minutes

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When one thinks of strikers at Real Madrid, Karim Benzema is the only name that comes to mind. Not only is that because of his insane goalscoring form but also because he has, for a major part of the season, been the only striker played by Carlo Ancelotti.

In theory, two players compete with the Frenchman for a starting spot in the team: Luka Jovic and Mariano. However, both in terms of form and fitness, the duo have struggled to make an impact under Ancelotti.

The latter, in fact, finds himself injured once again. Mariano played just three minutes in the game against Sevilla and is now ruled out for the clash against Osasuna, as was confirmed by the manager yesterday.

“Casemiro, Mariano, and Jovic suffered physical problems yesterday, and will not play tomorrow. They will be back for the Manchester City game,” he said.

Luka Jovic is ruled out through injury too, but he is in the final stages of his recovery. Nevertheless, Benzema is the only available striker for the manager at the moment.

Mariano has only appeared in eight games for Los Blancos, amassing a total of 228 minutes. However, he has regularly struggled with fitness, missing 18 games through injury.

He has no goals and one assist in La Liga this season. The club are looking to ship him away in the summer transfer window, but the operation is difficult considering that Mariano wants to stay and prove his worth to the manager.

Nevertheless, the Dominican Republic international will look for a way out, given that Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland could join in the summer. With his minutes already at an all-time low, an exit seems inevitable.

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Real Madrid veteran set for a 40% salary reduction as part of new contract

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Following Toni Kroos’ departure and speculation over Nacho Fernandez’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, the potential contract extension of Luka Modric should serve as a breather of fresh air for Real Madrid fans.

The Croatian international is set to continue for another season at Santiago Bernabeu. His experience and leadership will play a key role in an otherwise young Real Madrid midfield unit.

Numbers behind Modric’s new contract

As Modric gears up for a new contract at Real Madrid, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered details of his new deal at the Bernabeu.

It appears the Croatian international is ready to settle for a pay cut in order to continue at Real Madrid.

During the 2023/24 campaign, Modric’s net salary was around €10 million. However, there will be a substantial 40% reduction in his salary in the new deal.

Modric to take a pay cut at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

That means Modric is set to earn around €6 million net salary for the 2024/25 campaign. The terms of the new deal have been approved by the player’s entourage as well.

Set for greatness in 24/25

At the age of 38, Modric has already broken several records, including becoming the oldest player to represent Real Madrid.

But the former Tottenham midfielder could achieve much more in the coming season. If he retires by the end of next season, he will become the oldest player to retire at Real Madrid, at the age of 39. Not to mention, the midfielder will turn 40 in September 2025.

In addition, Modric currently holds six Champions League titles – equalling the tally of the legendary Paco Gento.

If the Croatian ends up winning the UCL title once again, he will create history by becoming the player with the most Champions League titles in the history of football.

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