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Vinicius sent his jersey to Arsenal midfielder via Bellingham after England 0-1 Brazil

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With the international break underway, Real Madrid are obliged to take a pause from winning, and therefore fans of the club do not have much to look forward to in terms of on-field action for the time being.

Yet amidst this pause, players of Los Blancos continue to bring moments of joy and pride as they represent their respective national teams.

Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Endrick all featured in last night’s epic showdown between England and Brazil, with Endrick’s winner stealing all the headlines.

After the game concluded, the Real Madrid players were seen embracing each other and congratulating Endrick.

But another interesting moment was caught on camera between Bellingham and Vinicius post-game, as relayed by England Twitter.

Vinicius gifted his shirt to Declan Rice

Indeed, Vinicius, with a gesture of sportsmanship, handed his shirt to Bellingham to gift it to Arsenal and England midfielder Declan Rice.

Bellingham asked the Brazilian forward, “Who’s this shirt for?” to which Vinicius replied, “Rice, Rice.”

Rice, who moved from West Ham United to Arsenal last summer in a record €122 million move, is considered one of the best holding midfielders around.

And the fact that Vinicius wanted to give him his shirt speaks volumes about his talents.

However, Rice is known to have an incredible collection of footballers’ jerseys, underscoring Vinicius’s desire to be included among his esteemed peers.

Rice is a fan of Tchouameni

The 25-year-old English midfielder has previously lauded Tchouameni’s talents, claiming:

“Tchouameni at Real Madrid, he’s a youngster as well, very aggressive, gets on the ball, goes forward with it, he’s very good.”

While Arsenal are unlikely to allow Rice to leave in the foreseeable future, the possibility of him one day donning the Royal White jersey cannot be ruled out considering his talents and familiarity with the Madrid players.

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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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