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.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.