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Rodrygo dreams of inheriting Real Madrid legend’s iconic jersey number – report

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Some kit numbers in clubs across the world are reserved for the team’s best and most central players. At Real Madrid, an institution with a claim to be the greatest in the sport’s history, such numbers carry a significantly richer legacy.

One such kit at the Santiago Bernabeu is the number 10. Mesut Ozil, Luis Figo, Hector Rial and Ferenc Puskas are just some of the innumerable legends to have donned the kit. The current owner, Luka Modric, has taken its prestige to a whole new level.

According to reports from Relevo, Rodrygo Goes dreams of wearing the number 10 jersey one day. In fact, it has always been his idea to inherit the iconic kit from the Croatian midfielder.

The Brazilian, after all, is seen as one of Los Blancos‘ brightest talents for at least the next decade. His elite decision-making in front of the goal makes him an asset for Carlo Ancelotti, and at just 22 years of age, he has his best years ahead of him.

Rodrygo made 34 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid in the recently concluded season, scoring nine goals and providing eight assists in the process. Further, he averaged 1.4 key passes per game and created ten big chances.

The youngster has been at Santiago Bernabeu for close to four years now, and in fact, has great chances to don the prestigious kit in the future. However, he will have to wait for Modric does not appear close to his twilight years.

Despite being 37 years old, the midfielder is central to Real Madrid’s functioning, even on the biggest of stages. He has renewed his contract with the club and will continue for at least one more season.

The Croat has offers on the table from Qatar and Saudi Arabia, including one with the proposal of taking over as a manager once he retires. A decision over his longer-term future is expected soon.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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