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Modric offered a chance to retire at and coach Qatari giants – report

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Al Sadd first came into the spotlight when Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez signed for them back in 2015. The Spanish maestro played for the Qatari team until 2019 after which he took over the reigns as the manager for the same club.

According to reports from Romain Molina (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid icon Luka Modric has a similar offer on the table. Al Sadd have offered the Croatian the option to end his career in their colours and then take over as the coach.

They are, however, not the only Middle East establishment interested in Modric’s signature. Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia are equally keen on the Real Madrid star, although they do not offer the option to become their manager as of now.

Modric is no stranger to receiving lucrative offers. For a player of his calibre and experience, it is only natural that there remains a constant inflow of transfer proposals. In fact, he has rejected multiple offers from Asian clubs in recent months.

At 37 years of age, the veteran has no dearth of drive to compete at the highest level. And it was believed that the Croatian midfielder has promised another season to Real Madrid and will stay through next season.

However, it is inevitable that the midfielder leaves the Santiago Bernabeu at some point. And earlier today, reports suggested that Modric was seriously considering the prospect of a move to Saudi Arabia after receiving a fresh, lucrative two-year contract offer.

It remains to be seen how many more years of magic the veteran has in his legs. Yet, it is likely that his connection with the sport will not end with his retirement as a player.

Modric is one of the exceptionally intelligent players of the generation and has all the qualities required to pitch up a successful managerial career. Needless to say, the opportunity in Qatar may hold more to it than it appears.

However, whether Modric chooses to take up Al Sadd’s proposal, moves to Saudi Arabia, or continues at Real Madrid remains to be seen.

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Copa America 2024: Rating ever Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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Real Madrid had as many as five players representing them at the Copa America 2024 in the USA, with four of them being in the Brazil national team while another playing for Uruguay.

While Dani Carvajal enjoyed success with his national team at the Euro 2024, the story was much different for his Real Madrid teammates at the Copa America.

Indeed, it was a tournament to forget for the Brazilian contingent of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo Goes, Eder Militao, and Endrick as they failed to go past the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde’s Uruguay finished with the bronze medal in the tournament seeing off Canada in the third-place playoffs via penalties after failing to defeat Colombia in the semi-finals.

Here’s how the five Real Madrid stars fared for their respective nations at the Copa America in the USA.

Brazil

Vinicius Jr.: 6/10

After enjoying an excellent season with Real Madrid, Vinicius was handed the responsibility of leading Brazil at the Copa America, especially with Neymar unavailable.

Kicking off with a dull showing against Costa Rica but showed up against Paraguay, scoring a fine brace to help his team to their only win of the tournament. A booking in the game against Colombia meant he sat out of the quarterfinal loss to Uruguay due to suspension.

Rodrygo: 5/10

An underwhelming showing from the Real Madrid forward who was handed the No. 10 shirt for the Copa America. Deployed as a centre-forward for most of his appearances at the tournament, Rodrygo hardly appeared like a threat in attack.

Rodrygo and Endrick failed to impress. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Eder Militao: 5/10

It was a mixed bag for Eder Militao at the Copa America as there were some indications of him returning to his best while he was also caught out at times and his passing from the back was sloppy. Guilty of missing his penalty in the shootout loss to Uruguay in the quarterfinal.

Endrick: 4/10

Bestowed the No. 9 shirt at the biggest tournament of his career so far at the age of just 17, Endrick failed to step up for Brazil.

A late substitute in each of the three group games, Endrick started in the quarterfinal against Uruguay in Vinicius’ absence but looked overawed by the occasion and failed to make any sort of impact.

Uruguay

Federico Valverde: 7/10

Federico Valverde stepped up for Uruguay. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

One of the stars of the show for Uruguay in their third-place run at the Copa America, Valverde was a consistent performer in midfield for La Celeste, putting in all-round solid displays while also catching the eye with his set-piece delivery.

The Real Madrid midfielder even scored a goal in the group game against Bolivia and dispatched his penalty in the shootout win against Canada in the third-place playoff.

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