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Saudi Arabian league wants to sign legendary Real Madrid trio, asked to pick any club



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According to a report from El Mundo, the Saudi Arabian league is prepared to lure the legendary trio of Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos next season by offering them a lucrative contract.

The report points out how Saudi Arabia is planning further strengthen its local footballing league by luring all the legendary players across Europe. The project began when Cristiano Ronaldo was signed by Al Nassr earlier this year.

The league have now set its sights on PSG superstar Ramos, along with a couple of Real Madrid legends in Benzema and Modric.

The league have offered them a bumper two-year contract worth €30 million per year for each of the three players, totaling to an amount of €60 million. They have also offered them tax exemptions, meaning the players will not have to pay a single penny of taxes from the income they make in the Saudi Arabian league.

The contracts with the three players were made through their representatives in recent weeks. All of them have been given the chance to join the Saudi Arabian clubs after the end of their contracts at their respective clubs.

Ramos’ contract at PSG expires at the end of the season while Modric and Benzema, too, have their contracts at Real Madrid running out in the summer. All three players have vowed to continue talks with the Saudi entity in the coming months.

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Kovacic speaks ahead of Real Madrid vs Chelsea: “Strange to have Modric as a rival”



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In less than two weeks, Real Madrid will play hosts to Premier League giants Chelsea in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It is a repeat of last season’s Champions League quarter-final, with the change being that the first leg was played at Stamford Bridge back then, which Real Madrid won triumphantly.

So, even though they lost the second leg 3-2, Los Merengues progressed on aggregate. At one point in the second leg, Real Madrid were 3-0 down and looked to be crashing out of the tournament.

But, that is not how the match played out as Luka Modric produced a moment of magic, sending in a stunning outside-of-the-boot pass for Rodrygo to guide home. That forced the match into extra time and Karim Benzema then scored to seal an aggregate win for his team.

Mateo Kovacic, a former Real Madrid midfielder, was on the losing side with Chelsea on that fateful night. And the Croatian has now spoken to Sportske Novosti, about that moment of magic from Modric last year as well as the prospect of facing Real Madrid again.

“We were good against Real Madrid last year, especially in Madrid. Then Modrić invented that trivela assist for Rodrygo… We have to be at 120% against them. They immediately punish every minor mistake. Although I repeat, we are also a difficult opponent for them, we showed it, Kovacic said.

On the prospect of facing his close friend and national teammate Modric, Kovacic added: “[laughs] how the draw arranges it… It won’t be easy for us because Real Madrid is always the most dangerous team in the Champions League.”

“It’s a strange feeling to have Modric as a rival. There were hard fouls last year because neither he nor I pull back. We will fight for sure. I play on the left, he’s on the right, we will see who wants what. But I wouldn’t like to hurt him,” he added.

Chelsea had met Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League during the 2020/21 campaign as well and had managed to eliminate them at the semi-final stages on their way to winning the title.

While the Blues have not been in the best of form this season, they have the star power and quality in their ranks to hurt Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti’s men must be at their best to get through to the next round.

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