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Rio Ferdinand considers Real Madrid midfielder’s ‘freedom’ key in England winning Euros



Injuries have plagued Real Madrid’s season, yet numerous players have risen admirably to the occasion to navigate through the crisis.

Among these standout performers, Jude Bellingham has arguably been head and shoulders above the rest, with the Englishman seamlessly adapting to the Spanish Capital.

Owing to his heroics with the Merengues thus far, he is expected to have a prominent role with the England national team in the Euros this summer.

Ferdinand argues Bellingham’s wings must not be clipped

If Bellingham can replicate his performances from Real Madrid on the international stage, England could finally lay their past woes to rest once and for all.

But it will largely come down to the context he is obliged to play in, as Rio Ferdinand believes Bellingham being offered freedom in midfield will determine England’s prospects of winning the tournament.

“I’d play Declan Rice holding and I’d say to Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden, ‘Work it out you two, just go and do your thing, and win us the Euros.’

“They win us the Euros if them two are allowed to have a bit of free rein in there, if we do that we win,” he claimed on talkSPORT.

At Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti has positioned Bellingham in an advanced role, affording him considerable freedom to drop deep and exhibit his skills in the attacking third.

Ferdinand is convinced that granting Bellingham a similar ‘free role’ with the England squad will be crucial.

‘Let them loose’

Phil Foden, who recently scored a scorcher against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals was also brought up.

Comparing the Manchester City man to Bellingham, Ferdinand once again emphasized handing them the liberty to influence games: “They’re two great players who you let and just go and have a little bit of free rein and let them loose.

The positions the England midfielders occupy remain to be seen, but Bellingham’s name in the starting XI will hardly be in doubt.

“You’ve got enough around them players to be able to supply others, score goals and be match-winners,” Ferdinand concluded.

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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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