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Carlo Ancelotti confirms Ballon d’Or winner will ‘retire at Real Madrid’



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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that midfield mainstay Luka Modric will be staying put at the club amid speculations over his future.

The 36-year-old, who is in his tenth year at the Santiago Bernabeu, has a little over two months left on his current contract with the club. There have been speculations over his future as a result.

There have been approaches made by clubs from across Europe, with Juventus being linked with a move for Modric most recently. There have been offers from the cash-rich Qatar League as well, as reported by Diario AS journalist Sergio Santos.

However, Ancelotti has put all those speculations to bed by claiming that he expects Modric to sign a new contract and continue at Real Madrid. In fact, the Italian tactician went on to add that he believes that the veteran midfielder would retire at the Santiago Bernabeu.

As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Ancelotti said: “Luka Modric will finish his career here at Real Madrid. I don’t know when but it will happen – this is the idea of the club and Luka.”

The manager even compared Modric to AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini for his longevity and loyalty towards the club. “Modric won’t have problems to renew the contract – I compare him to Paolo Maldini,” he said.

Modric signed for Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012. After a difficult first season in Spain, the Croatian international has thrived, going on to achieve great success over the past decade.

Modric, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2018, has been going strong in the ongoing campaign despite his advancing age. A key player in Ancelotti’s setup, the 36-year-old was instrumental in helping Real Madrid qualify for the Champions League semi-finals by edging past Chelsea.

Fans can breathe a sigh of relief now that Ancelotti has provided clarity on the situation surrounding Modric.

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Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report



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Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.

The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid

Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit. 

Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.

Real Madrid not hiding their discontent

The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.

Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit. 

For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.

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Real Madrid are suspicious

Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition. 

For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.

As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.

Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.

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