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La Liga defender does not regret leaving Real Madrid, not thinking about a return

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A cradle of raw talent, Real Madrid’s academy, La Fabrica, continues to churn out several young talents with bright futures.

However, the competition within the first team is often fierce, and playtime for aspiring players tends to be scarce.

As such, many homegrown players seek to venture out and spread their wings, most typically in La Liga.

One of the players who left Madrid in search of more opportunities is Miguel Gutierrez, who currently plies his trade for Girona.

Not thinking about a return

The left-back was questioned about the possibility of him returning to the Spanish capital, considering the Merengues maintain 50% of his rights.

Downplaying any future hypotheticals, Gutierrez showcased his contentment with Girona, shedding light on their excellent results as of late, saying:

“I don’t like to talk about the future because in football there are never any plans. I focus on the day-to-day, I’m happy at Girona, the group is spectacular and I only think about working with this team, to have a great year and we have a good squad to achieve it.”

No regrets over exit

While Gutierrez spent his time honing his skills in Madrid, his decision to leave his parent club and take his talents to Girona has worked out fairly well.

When asked if he regretted the decision to leave Real Madrid, the Spaniard responded with a no, as he said:

“No. I was playing in Primera RFEF with Castilla. To make the jump to La Liga is not easy and to have minutes, to play a lot of matches is complicated.

“It couldn’t have turned out better, I’ve landed in a place where the team has supported me, a coaching staff that understands my characteristics and style of play and I try to give them that. It’s impossible to regret it and it couldn’t have gone better.”

Source: MARCA

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Real Madrid midfielder wants to follow in Kroos’ footsteps and retire at the club

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos recently shared that he plans to retire after this season. Now, according to a report from MARCA (h/t Madrid Zone), it seems Luka Modric, another key player, might also be eyeing retirement in Madrid.

Modric, who is 39 years old, has an agreement in principle with Real Madrid to stay for one more season. However, with manager Carlo Ancelotti’s backing for both Modric and Kroos to stay, it has come down to the fact that only one will remain at the club.

Is Modric returning now? 

No, not yet. Like Kroos, Modric wants to finish his career at Real Madrid. If he wanted to retire, he would not have agreed to extend his contract.

It is to be noted that Modric is currently one of the top earners at Real Madrid, but his high salary did not align with his reduced playing time. 

Luka Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Despite his wish to stay, the club was not initially keen on keeping him under such terms.

However, things have changed recently. The club is now considering renewing Modric’s contract due to several reasons. 

First, the midfielder is open to a pay cut and second, his positive influence on younger players like Arda Guler is valued. Lastly, his desire to retire as a Madrid player is a significant factor.

Interestingly, Modric has turned down tempting offers from Saudi Arabia and the MLS to stay with Real Madrid.

Throughout this season, the Croatian international has accepted his decreased playing time, although it was challenging for him given his competitive spirit and pride. 

His role might diminish further once Real Madrid find a replacement for Kroos next season, but for now, Modric will continue to be a prominent figure for the team.

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