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Real Madrid Nearing Contract Extensions for Modric, Vázquez, and Lunin

Luka Modric at Real Madrid
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Real Madrid are close to agreeing new contracts with Luka Modric, Lucas Vázquez, and Andriy Lunin, sources have told ESPN. However, the future of club captain Nacho Fernández remains uncertain.

Midfielder Modric, 38, and full-back Vázquez, 32, are set to sign one-year extensions, while goalkeeper Lunin, 25, is expected to sign a contract running until 2029.

Modric’s situation has evolved recently. Initially expected to leave this summer, his importance on and off the field has led coach Carlo Ancelotti and the club to reconsider. Sources indicate Modric’s vast experience and acceptance of a reduced role as a squad player and impact substitute have been crucial factors. Despite offers from elsewhere, including Saudi Arabia, Modric wants to stay at Madrid. While one source mentioned he might take a significant pay cut, another denied this claim. Ancelotti values Modric’s role in helping younger teammates adapt, especially with the expected arrivals of Kylian Mbappé and Endrick and the departure of Toni Kroos.

Vázquez’s situation is straightforward. He is seen as a natural backup to Dani Carvajal at right-back, and his performances in key games are highly valued. Vázquez has always wanted to stay at Madrid despite several offers from abroad.

Lunin’s impressive performances this season have earned him a new deal. His contributions were pivotal in Madrid’s LaLiga title win and their progression to the Champions League final. With Kepa Arrizabalaga returning to Chelsea, Lunin’s role becomes even more significant. However, club sources haven’t ruled out reconsidering his future if a top club makes an offer for the Ukrainian international. Thibaut Courtois, returning from a long-term ACL injury, is expected to start in the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1, despite Lunin’s form.

The future of Nacho Fernández, whose contract expires in June, is more delicate. Although there have been reports that Nacho had decided to move to MLS, he has not made a final decision. Attracted by the idea of playing abroad for family reasons, Nacho will wait until the end of the season to inform the club of his plans. The club views him as the ideal captain, and his departure would be considered a significant loss. Both staying and leaving remain possibilities for Nacho.