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Real Madrid will activate €8 million buyback clause for La Liga defender in 2024

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It is not the easiest task to break into the Real Madrid first-team setup from the club’s academy ranks given the riches of star names in the squad.

As such, a number of players from the youth roster end up moving away from the Santiago Bernabeu with the hope of proving themselves away from the club before securing a return in the future.

Fran Garcia did the same, with Real Madrid re-signing him from Rayo Vallecano this past summer and another former Los Blancos left-back could follow in the same path.

Real Madrid to re-sign Miguel Gutierrez

Indeed, as reported by Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid intend to activate the €8 million buyback option to bring Miguel Gutierrez back from Girona in the summer of 2024.

In his second season with the Catalan club, the 22-year-old left-back is showing a remarkable progression that has made him one of the most reliable players in La Liga.

In 19 appearances this term, the ex-Real Madrid defender has scored a goal and set up three more, playing a key part in Girona entering the mid-season break as joint leaders in La Liga, along with Los Blancos.

And, it has seemingly convinced Carlo Ancelotti & co. to pull the trigger on the buyback clause, which they intend to trigger at the end of the ongoing campaign.

What then?

Real Madrid also want Alphonso Davies. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

It must be noted that Real Madrid already have Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia as their left-backs and are also gunning for the signing of Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich.

So, re-signing Gutierrez would also mean an unnecessary stockpiling of players in the same position, although it has been rumoured that Mendy will be let go in light of his never-ending injury issues.

Even then, signing Gutierrez and Davies in the same window might be overkill, but there would be the option of selling the former for a higher fee after signing him for €8 million.

It remains to be seen how things progress, but for now, Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on the 22-year-old’s development at Girona.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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