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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 veteran set for a 40% salary reduction as part of new contract

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Following Toni Kroos’ departure and speculation over Nacho Fernandez’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, the potential contract extension of Luka Modric should serve as a breather of fresh air for Real Madrid fans.

The Croatian international is set to continue for another season at Santiago Bernabeu. His experience and leadership will play a key role in an otherwise young Real Madrid midfield unit.

Numbers behind Modric’s new contract

As Modric gears up for a new contract at Real Madrid, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered details of his new deal at the Bernabeu.

It appears the Croatian international is ready to settle for a pay cut in order to continue at Real Madrid.

During the 2023/24 campaign, Modric’s net salary was around €10 million. However, there will be a substantial 40% reduction in his salary in the new deal.

Modric to take a pay cut at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

That means Modric is set to earn around €6 million net salary for the 2024/25 campaign. The terms of the new deal have been approved by the player’s entourage as well.

Set for greatness in 24/25

At the age of 38, Modric has already broken several records, including becoming the oldest player to represent Real Madrid.

But the former Tottenham midfielder could achieve much more in the coming season. If he retires by the end of next season, he will become the oldest player to retire at Real Madrid, at the age of 39. Not to mention, the midfielder will turn 40 in September 2025.

In addition, Modric currently holds six Champions League titles – equalling the tally of the legendary Paco Gento.

If the Croatian ends up winning the UCL title once again, he will create history by becoming the player with the most Champions League titles in the history of football.

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