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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 forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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