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Dinamo Zagreb to name training pitch after Real Madrid icon Luka Modric

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It is rare for a player in the world of sports to be regarded as a legend during his playing days. It is a privilege that only the best of the best enjoy and represents the epitome of the sport.

Luka Modric is one such individual in football. The Croatian midfielder still plays at the highest level for Real Madrid at the age of 37 and is already considered one of the best midfielders to have ever graced the field.

According to rumours from MARCA, Dinamo Zagreb’s training pitch near their stadium will be named after Luka Modric as a sign of respect. It has been decided through a democratic vote and shows the unanimous acceptance of the player’s greatness.

Modric began his career with the youth academy of Dinamo Zagreb back in Croatia in 2002. After a few seasons and loan spells from the Zagreb-based side, he entered Europe’s top leagues with a move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008. Since then, he has not looked back.

At 37, the veteran midfielder is still an indispensable member of Carlo Ancelotti’s side and regularly clocks over 80 minutes even on Champions League nights. He is even expected to start later today when Los Blancos take on Chelsea in the semifinal of the UCL.

In seven Champions League appearances this season, Modric has scored two goals and provided one assist. Further, he averages one key pass per game and has created two big chances.

With Modric’s contract expiring at the end of the season, it has been suggested that the midfielder is set to sign a one-year contract extension with Real Madrid and that the talks were nearing completion.

Needless to say, his continuity will be a big relief for Carlo Ancelotti who also looks set to stay for 2023-24.

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Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager

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Real Madrid's Turkish midfielder #24 Arda Guler watches from the bench the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Real Madrid CF and SC Braga at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 8, 2023. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)
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The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.

It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.

Turkey manager speaks out

Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.

As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.

“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.

Vincenzo Montella wants Arda Guler to play more at Real Madrid. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.

“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”

Exit on the cards?

Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.

The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.

But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.

Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.

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