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Real Madrid veteran has no problem staying despite unsatisfactory conditions



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Real Madrid are poised to officiate the renewals of veteran midfielder Luka Modric, along with two other veterans in Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema, within the coming days.

The new deal will see Modric remaining at Santiago Bernabeu for another year. There were initial doubts on whether or not the midfielder would renew given the fact that he had offers from other clubs, including the Saudi Arabian giants.

But more importantly, Real Madrid had reportedly set out multiple conditions, including the fact that his overall game-time will be reduced heading into the new season.

According to MARCA (h/t Madrid Xtra), though, Modric has had no problems accepting the contract renewal from Real Madrid despite the conditions being put forth by the board.

The veteran midfielder understands why his game-time must reduce in the new season, knowing the club are expected to bring in Jude Bellingham, who could become the club’s face in the midfield unit in the years to come.

The lack of minutes next season does not bother Modric. He just wants to stay at Real Madrid for at least another season before venturing out elsewhere.

At the age of just 37, Modric has remained an asset for the Real Madrid team due to his experience, leadership and technical ability. He has featured in almost 50 competitive matches this term, racking up six goals and six assists.

There is no doubt he will play a critical role in guiding the young Bellingham next season. And with experience often a key factor in crunch Champions League matches, Modric and Kroos’ prolonged stay at the Bernabeu could be useful as Los Blancos look to clinch the trophy again next season.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors




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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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