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Real Madrid superstar ready to accept salary reduction and ‘secondary’ role to stay at club

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Real Madrid’s main priority right now will be the Champions League final at Wembley on 1st June, but they will have their work cut out during the summer, too, with all eyes on how they navigate their squad rebuild.

While the signing of Kylian Mbappe seems inevitable alongside a few departures, there are still a few key decisions Madrid will have to make as part of their squad, starting with extensions of a lot of players.

The likes of Nacho, Lucas Vazquez, Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, and Luka Modric are all set to become free agents in the summer if they do not put pen to paper.

And while the situation for a most of these players is clear, Modric faces an uncertain future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Modric wants to continue

Previous reports have stated that Luka Modric desperately wants to continue at Madrid, but the club are ready to move the Croatian on. They believe it is now time for him to pave the way for younger players.

Modric has ample suitors, including those from Saudi Arabia and the MLS. Even his boyhood team, Dynamo Zagreb are interested in signing him in the summer.

However, it seems Modric will do everything in his power to make a Bernabeu stay possible.

According to reports from AS, Modric is ready to accept a salary decrease and a ‘secondary role’ to stay at Real Madrid.

Modric has already played second fiddle to Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde this season, and was even below Eduardo Camavinga for most part of the campaign.

And while he was unhappy with this role, it seems he has now made his peace with it if it means continuing at Madrid.

Madrid will likely pull Jude Bellingham into midfield next season to play alongside Aurelien Tchouameni and Valverde, while Kroos and Camavinga serve as deputies. Ceballos will likely leave, which means Modric could still have a place in the squad.

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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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