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Real Madrid yet to open renewal talks with veteran midfielder – report



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Real Madrid’s season is far from over, with crucial matches in the UEFA Champions League looming large.

However, behind the scenes, speculation about the summer transfer window and the future of certain players is gaining traction.

One of the topics of interest over the past few weeks has been the future of Luka Modric. Twelve years have passed since the midfielder joined Real Madrid, and the Croatian is currently nearing the end of his contract.

Despite observing a notable decline in his game time, Modric’s desire to stay put in the Spanish capital is no secret.

Any scenario is possible

Now, according to MARCA Modric’s preference is clear: he wants to continue wearing the royal white jersey next season.

His relationship with the club is strong, and his quality on the pitch as well as his experience remains a crucial asset for the Merengues.

However, there have been no negotiations or conversations between the two parties over a renewal as of yet.

Modric intends to stay at Real Madrid. (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

Unlike last year, when his contract renewal was sealed by April, the lack of concrete discussion between him and the club this year has given rise to some uncertainty.

It is anticipated that Modric and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will soon speak to address the matter.

With Modric’s legendary standing within the club, his contract situation will likely be handled eventually.

Real Madrid will not present too many complications

While Los Blancos are known to part ways with players when their time is seemingly up, Modric’s status within the club will certainly be taken into account.

As per prior reports, the 38-year-old veteran’s wish to stay at the Bernabeu will not be thwarted by the club.

The newly-crowned La Liga champions will support the Croatian’s decision, whether it is to sign a new deal or leave.

But as things stand, it appears that a renewal is likely, although no conversations have taken place yet.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final



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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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