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Real Madrid yet to finalise four expiring contracts, Spanish duo might leave

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Real Madrid have a lot of decisions to take in the coming weeks, especially regarding the contract renewals of existing players. After all, the Merengues have some of their biggest stars’ contracts expiring in the summer.

Anton Meana (h/t Madrid Xtra) provides an update on the situation of four players and the possible outcome regarding their contract extension.

The Spanish journalist maintains that Dani Ceballos is not appreciated much by the management or the coach, and the decision of his continuity rests completely with the player.

His improved performances in recent weeks have earned him a renewal proposal, however, it will as the last-choice midfielder.

The situation with Marco Asensio is similar. The Spanish winger has fallen back in the pecking order and now has the young Alvaro Rodriguez ahead of him too. The club has told him that he will never be a starter, and a departure is thus more likely in the summer.

Real Madrid are yet to send Luka Modric an official renewal offer but it is only a matter of time before talks begin.

The club want the veteran to stay for another year, but pressure from Al-Nassr seems to be creeping into the Croatian’s mind. Earlier today, it was reported that Modric is closer to leaving than staying.

The final update offered is on the situation of Toni Kroos. The German international has not explicitly said that he will stay beyond his contract which runs out in the summer.

There is a real possibility that the midfielder retires at the end of the campaign, but he could play one final season for the Merengues.

With both veteran midfield stars having uncertain futures at the club, Real Madrid must look to go all out in the coming summer transfer window to improve the squad depth. Jude Bellingham, needless to say, is the top priority.

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Copa America 2024: Rating ever Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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Real Madrid had as many as five players representing them at the Copa America 2024 in the USA, with four of them being in the Brazil national team while another playing for Uruguay.

While Dani Carvajal enjoyed success with his national team at the Euro 2024, the story was much different for his Real Madrid teammates at the Copa America.

Indeed, it was a tournament to forget for the Brazilian contingent of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, and Endrick as they failed to go past the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde’s Uruguay finished with the bronze medal in the tournament seeing off Canada in the third-place playoffs via penalties after failing to defeat Colombia in the semi-finals.

Here’s how the five Real Madrid stars fared for their respective nations at the Copa America in the USA.

Brazil

Vinicius Jr.: 6/10

After enjoying an excellent season with Real Madrid, Vinicius was handed the responsibility of leading Brazil at the Copa America, especially with Neymar unavailable.

Kicking off with a dull showing against Costa Rica but showed up against Paraguay, scoring a fine brace to help his team to their only win of the tournament. A booking in the game against Colombia meant he sat out of the quarterfinal loss to Uruguay due to suspension.

Rodrygo: 5/10

An underwhelming showing from the Real Madrid forward who was handed the No. 10 shirt for the Copa America. Deployed as a centre-forward for most of his appearances at the tournament, Rodrygo hardly appeared like a threat in attack.

Rodrygo and Endrick failed to impress. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Eder Militao: 5/10

It was a mixed bag for Eder Militao at the Copa America as there were some indications of him returning to his best while he was also caught out at times and his passing from the back was sloppy. Guilty of missing his penalty in the shootout loss to Uruguay in the quarterfinal.

Endrick: 4/10

Bestowed the No. 9 shirt at the biggest tournament of his career so far at the age of just 17, Endrick failed to step up for Brazil.

A late substitute in each of the three group games, Endrick started in the quarterfinal against Uruguay in Vinicius’ absence but looked overawed by the occasion and failed to make any sort of impact.

Uruguay

Federico Valverde: 7/10

Federico Valverde stepped up for Uruguay. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

One of the stars of the show for Uruguay in their third-place run at the Copa America, Valverde was a consistent performer in midfield for La Celeste, putting in all-round solid displays while also catching the eye with his set-piece delivery.

The Real Madrid midfielder even scored a goal in the group game against Bolivia and dispatched his penalty in the shootout win against Canada in the third-place playoff.

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