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Croatia coach reveals Modric is unhappy with Real Madrid over lacking playtime

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Zlatko Dalic, the coach of the Croatian national team, recently talked about how the past season with Real Madrid has not been favourable for Luka Modric. 

According to Dalic, Carlo Ancelotti has not used Modric much, often only bringing him on for the final few minutes of games. Dalic mentioned that Modric is unhappy with this situation. 

He wants to play as much as possible and does not like being limited to just 15 or 20 minutes at the end of matches. 

“As far as I know, Luka is not happy that he has been administered in doses of 15 or 20 minutes. He wants to play as much as possible,” said Dalic as quoted by AS. 

Modric wants to play more

Despite being 38 years old, Modric still has a strong desire to be on the field for longer periods. 

Dalic was surprised that Modric, at his age, still wants to play more, but he acknowledged that he is in excellent physical condition and just needs regular game time to maintain his form.

“It’s a bit strange that a 38-year-old wants to play so much, but Modric is in very good physical shape and just needs games. The more games, the better Luka is. And that’s something he also shows at Real Madrid. 

Luka Modric wants to play more football. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

He hasn’t liked those situations where he’s been coming on for 15 minutes, but that’s the way things are. Madrid is a great club and has many quality players,” said the Croatian coach.

Croatia needs Modric

Furthermore, Dalic explained that he has discussed Modric’s role in the national team with him. While there have been instances where the Croatian team considered resting him, Modric has always wanted to play as much as he can. 

“We talk a lot with him about what he should play in the national team. Sometimes we wanted to keep him, but he has always wanted to play as much as possible. 

“The national team is a good preparation, a great training for him. I’m aware that sometimes we have to cut him down on minutes, but he gives his maximum in whatever position he plays,” he added.

Dalic also noted that although Modric wants to play as many minutes as possible, there This decision would be made to ensure the best result for the team while also considering Modric’s condition and the demands of the game.

“I expect great things from Modric, I know he will be ready and God willing he will be healthy. 

“He needs as many games as possible, but maybe he will have to be substituted sometime in the last 15 or 20 minutes, depending on the result. Although I’m sure he will prefer to play the whole match,” concluded Dalic

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Mbappe shirt sales 450% higher than Bellingham’s as Real Madrid rake in €800,000

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Real Madrid realized one of their biggest sporting and commercial ambitions by signing Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer this summer.

Adhering faithfully to their Galacticos philosophy, signing Mbappe exemplified that the Merengues pursue not only elite talent but also renowned figures who carry global recognition.

While Mbappe has yet to play a single minute for the club, he is already busy breaking records at the club.

Mbappe’s shirt sales are through the roof

Indeed, according to El Chiringuito, within a mere day of its launch, Kylian Mbappe’s jersey sales have soared to an astounding 450% higher than those of Jude Bellingham.

Given Bellingham’s huge name in football, this impressive statistic highlights a fervent demand for the French star’s jerseys among supporters worldwide.

Moreover, the club’s online store has reaped substantial financial rewards, generating an impressive sum of €800,000 solely from the sale of Mbappe’s jerseys.

Mbappe shirt sales are through the roof. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On top of that, they have sold more than 7,000 Mbappe shirts at the club’s physical store which will have provided further revenue boost.

Considering that the 2018 World Cup winner will don the number 9 shirt adds to the incredible demand, as several greats of the game have represented this number in the past, including Karim Benzema most recently.

Real Madrid struggling to keep up with the demand

Reports have mentioned that Real Madrid are appealing for patience from their fans as they handle the high volume of sales.

In fact, Real Madrid eventually posted a note on their website warning that delivery delays of up to 4-6 extra weeks may occur due to the great demand for Mbappe’s kits.

Tuesday, July 16 is set aside for his formal presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu, where a full house is expected to greet him, potentially with a large chunk of the fans wearing Mbappe jerseys.

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