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Modric picks one Barcelona and four Real Madrid icons in his dream five-a-side team

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Over the years, Real Madrid has established its name as the club of legends. The special white jersey has been donned by many of football’s all-time greats and it is only fitting that the tradition continues to date.

Luka Modric is one player in the current squad who fits into the bracket of legends. At 37 years of age, the Croatian international reads and dictates the game like no other, ageing like fine wine.

Earlier this week, the midfielder joined Rio Ferdinand on Youtube where he was asked to choose his fantasy five-player football team. Such is the quality of the Spanish Champions that Modric chose his teammates, both former and current, for every position on the field.

“Ramos, Cristiano, Kroos, Bale and I would say Rakitic because I can’t have all from Real Madrid, but of course Casemiro and Benzema too.”

Ivan Rakitic formed the only exception on the list, whom as the Croatian said, he opted to name so as to avoid naming all Real Madrid players.

Though Rakitic played for FC Barcelona for a long time in his career, Modric shared a special bond and connection with him through the Croatian national team setup.

Later on, in the same interview, the Real Madrid star was asked about the best player he had ever played with, to which he replied,

“Cristiano is the best player I ever played with. The most special thing about Cristiano Ronaldo is his work ethic. He always wants more and more. He’s never happy with what he does. This is amazing. The demand he put on himself and the team was unbelievable.”

Modric had only words of respect for his former teammate Sergio Ramos who recently announced his retirement from International football. The 37-year-old spoke about the defender’s leadership and personality on the field saying,

“Sergio Ramos? Great defender, one of the best leaders on the pitch. When there’s a problem he’s always there. He’s amazing, a different class.”

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 18-year-old prodigy dependent on captain’s future – report

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Real Madrid will step up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro if Nacho decides to leave the club, according to a report by Agustin Martin in AS.

The situation surrounding Nacho is becoming increasingly uncertain. While he has received a lucrative offer from Al Ittihad, the move has reportedly hit a roadblock.

It is said that Nacho feels that his role in the team has not progressed under coach Ancelotti and his absence from the starting lineup in important matches, like the first leg of the quarterfinals against Manchester City and the Clasico has made him consider leaving the club. 

Furthermore, the recoveries of Eder Militao and David Alaba, along with the presence of Antonio Rudiger and the potential return of Rafa Marin have also influenced his thoughts about his future.

Nacho is aware of market movements

Real Madrid are very much interested in signing Leny Yoro. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Interestingly, it is not just his teammates’ presence that has made Nacho think about leaving. There are strong rumours about Real Madrid signing Leny Yoro as well. 

The plan is to sign Yoro either this summer and possibly loan him out if Nacho stays, or in 2025 to join the first team. 

If Nacho decides to leave, it would pave the way for Yoro to join immediately. This decision depends on Nacho’s willingness to stay for another year or take up one of the offers he has received. 

This means the potential signing of Yoro hinges on Nacho’s decision. If the club captain chooses to leave, Yoro could join Real Madrid this year or next. 

For what it is worth, Yoro would strengthen a defensive lineup where most players, except for Militao and possibly Rafa Marín, are over thirty years old. But for this to happen, Nacho must decide whether to stay at Real Madrid or open the door for Yoro’s arrival.

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