Spanish football headlines: Barcelona extend Messi Christmas holiday, Real Madrid star to renew contract and Premier League club want Real Madrid striker

Your Spanish football morning headlines for Sunday 27 December.

Messi granted extended break

Barcelona returned to training on Sunday but were without star player Lionel Messi, who has been afforded an extra-long Christmas break.

The Argentine star will therefore sit out this week’s La Liga clash against Eibar (29 December) due to being given an extended break, which is hoped to give him sufficient rest to enjoy a run of first-team games when he returns, as per Diario AS.

Messi is currently at home in Rosario, having been granted permission to leave for his home nation after last week’s win over Valladolid.

Modric to pen new Madrid contract

epa08113198 Real Madrid CF’s Luka Modric celebrates scoring the 3-0 during the Spainish Super Cup semi-final match between Real Madrid CF and Valencia FC at King Abdullah Sport City Stadium, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 08 January 2020. EPA-EFE/STR

Real Madrid midfield maestro Luka Modric will pen a one-year contract extension at the club to see him through to the summer of 2022, say Marca.

The Croatian’s current deal at the Camp Nou had been set to expire this summer and he would theoretically be free to speak to other clubs from January 1, but he is now extending his stay in the Spanish capital.

Wolves join race for Jovic

Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers are the latest to join the race for signing Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic.

Diario AS cite a report from Sky Sports outlining the news and claiming that the Spanish champions would be open to selling the Serbian striker in 2021.

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