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Real Madrid superstar dealing with some physical problems, but will face Man City – report

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Real Madrid will be playing their biggest match of the 2022/23 season to date when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday.

Heading into the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti has called up all his players for the trip to Manchester. Eduardo Camavinga, who picked up an injury against Getafe over the weekend, has been named on the list and is expected to be fit and ready for the game.

Now, journalist Ramon Alvarez has come forward with a slightly worrying update on Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr. As per the reporter, the Brazilian winger is dealing with some physical problems heading into tomorrow’s game against Manchester City.

However, despite the issues, the 22-year-old explosive forward is expected to face Pep Guardiola’s men at the Etihad Stadium.

Vinicius has been the most important player for Real Madrid this season. The winger has amassed a tally of 23 goals and 21 assists from 52 games in all competitions this term, firmly establishing himself as one of the best attackers in the world currently.

The Brazilian international’s fitness levels are exceptional and he has not missed a single match due to injury since 2019 when he had ruptured a ligament. He was rested for the match against Cadiz last month due to some overload, but there was no injury.

Heading into a huge match against an opponent like Manchester City, it is pivotal for Real Madrid to have all their best players fit and firing.

So, Carlo Ancelotti & co. will be hoping that Vinicius’ physical problem does not grow into a major concern over the next 24 hours or so.

After all, the 22-year-old was Los Blancos’ best player on the pitch during the first leg against the Cityzens last week at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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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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