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Real Madrid veteran’s contract renewal in sight as he nears unique milestone

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Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric has established himself as the ageless wonder. The midfielder turned 37 earlier this week and remains a permanent fixture in the starting XI despite his advancing years.

Having joined the club over a decade ago, the Croatian international has made 442 appearances already, scoring 33 goals in the process. Easily one of the best midfielders of the modern era, Modric signed a new one-year contract with Los Blancos earlier this year.

And he has started the new campaign with a bang, already scoring twice and setting up one more goal in six matches in all competitions.

Modric’s form and quality, despite his age, was one of the reasons why Martin Odegaard was sold off permanently to Arsenal by Los Blancos. And, having penned a new deal in June, that will expire in the summer of 2023, the veteran is close to another one-year renewal at the club.

This claim comes from MARCA, who report that Modric’s twelve-month rolling contract will be renewed soon by Real Madrid as he continues to stand out as one of their best performers week in and week out.

Modric received standing ovations from away fans during Real Madrid’s games against Celta Vigo (La Liga) and Celtic (Champions League), highlighting his class, quality and the level at which he is performing.

Given that, another one-year extension makes a lot of sense if he keeps putting up displays at the elite level.

At the same time, Modric is also reaching a unique milestone as he is set to make his 100th appearance for Real Madrid after turning 35 years of age (!). Indeed, since he turned 35 on September 9, 2020, the midfielder has played in 99 of the Merengues’ 114 matches.

And later tonight, if he features against RCD Mallorca, Modric will became only the third player in the history of the club to play 100 matches after turning 35, following in the footsteps of icons like Paco Buyo (160) and Ferenc Puskas (120).

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Real Madrid considering move for Manchester City superstar as club faces possible sanctions

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Premier League has come up with a shocking statement, charging defending champions Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of the financial rule between 2009 to 2018.

The allegations levelled at Man City could lead to a point deduction for the defending champions or perhaps even expulsion. This could prove to be significant for not Premier League but European football in general.

To that end, a new report from Daily Mail suggests Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation. They are aware of the fact that if Man City get sanctioned, it could rule them out of the chase for top target Jude Bellingham.

But more importantly, it may open up the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland in the near future. The Norwegian international was one of Man City’s smartest business move in the summer when they roped in the star striker for a meagre fee.

However, Spanish media believes Haaland has a release clause in his contract worth around €200 million. It could be activated in the summer of 2024 and clubs like Real Madrid are said to be interested in activating the clause.

But in light of the recent allegations made against Man City, Real Madrid are anticipating a potential mass exodus, and could make an early move for the forward, especially if the English giants get sanctioned by the Premier League board.

It goes without saying that Haaland, who has been scoring goals for fun since joining the Premier League outfit, is someone who demands to play at the highest level of football. It was one of the key reasons he joined Man City – a club that can offer consistency in terms of sporting success.

But a potential sanction for City could change the dynamic, possibly paving the way for a club like Real Madrid to establish themselves as an excellent suitor for Haaland.

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