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Modric’s trainer reveals the ’secret of his brilliance’ at 36 years of age

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Age is just a number for Luka Modric. At 36, when most other players his age have either retired or are playing in lower leagues, the Croatian international continues to inspire Real Madrid and lead from the front.

Earlier this week, it was the veteran’s moment of magic that saw Los Blancos pull off a sensational win over Chelsea in the dying minutes of the game. Time and time again, the world is left astonished by the magic at his feet, even in the twilight of his career.

Modric’s trainer, Vlatko Vucic, was asked about the Real Madrid player’s secret that helps him produce world-class performances consistently. Vucic revealed that the secret ingredient was Modric’s relentless training.

“Ahead of each training session & match, he trains solo on his body to make his muscles more flexible, as if he has springs all over his body,” he said (h/t TheMadridZone).

He won 17 duels vs Chelsea in addition to four tackles, two interceptions and one blocked shot. Needless to say, many young players too, would fail to provide the work rate that the Croatian does.

The 26-year-old’s contract at the club expires in June, and no renewal has been announced yet. The player has offers on the table but wishes to retire at Real Madrid.

The club offer a one year contract to the midfielder, but it remains to be seen if the agreement can be finalized.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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