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Carlo Ancelotti’s unshakeable bond with veteran midfielder secured his renewal – report

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According to journalist Sergio Gomez (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has played a crucial role in ensuring that Luka Modric remains with the team beyond the current season.

It is said that Ancelotti and Modric share a strong bond based on mutual respect, which has been essential for Modric’s contract renewal. Moreover, Ancelotti has advocated for Modric’s stay because he believes the Croatian is a vital part of the team.

It is important to note that Modric is one of the highest-paid players at Real Madrid at the moment and keeping him on such a high salary while he plays a less prominent role on the field did not fit with the club’s plans, despite his desire to stay.

Modric has agreed to reduce his salary

Recently, the situation has changed. The club is now open to renewing Modric’s contract and several factors have influenced this decision. 

For once, Modric is willing to take a pay cut, his positive influence on younger players, and his desire to retire with Real Madrid is the driving force behind his decision. 

Luka Modric will continue at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Furthermore, Modric has even turned down lucrative offers from Saudi Arabia and the MLS to stay with the team.

During the course of the current season, Modric has gradually accepted his reduced role, although he did struggle with playing fewer minutes, which was difficult for someone with his competitive nature and pride. 

Modric is here to stay

Over time, Modric has adapted to the new situation. While he is no longer an undisputed starter, he has still played 43 games this season, making him the 13th most-used player by Ancelotti with 2,140 minutes on the field.

The excellent relationship between Modric and Ancelotti remains a key factor as the latter values Modric’s work both on and off the field. 

Furthermore, Modric has also taken on a mentorship role with younger players, offering advice and guidance and his relationship with players like Rodrygo is almost like that of an older brother, which Ancelotti highly appreciates.

It is very likely that Modric will stay for another season and continue to make history with Real Madrid and in all fairness, he has many reasons to want the renewal, and the decision now rests with Real Madrid.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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