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Official: Luka Modric named in the Croatia squad for FIFA World Cup 2022

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With the FIFA World Cup in Qatar just a week away, all the participating nations are starting to announce their final squads for the tournament.

And, just a while ago, Croatia announced their 26-man squad for the quadrennial extravaganza that will take place in Qatar, with Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric included in the roster.

It is hardly a surprise to see the 37-year-old veteran be named in the roster. He remains a vital part of the Vatreni setup and will again be looking to enjoy a strong run in the tournament after having led his national team to the finals of the World Cup in 2018 in Russia.

Modric is the most-capped player in the history of the Croatian national team, having accumulated 154 appearances since making his debut for the country in 2006. He is also the fifth-highest goalscorer for the Vatreni with 23 goals.

Modric will lead Zlatko Dalic’s side in Qatar and will be joined by former Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic in the squad and Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Ivo Grbic.

Experienced stars like Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic will also have a key role to play along with talented youngsters like Josko Gvardiol and Lovro Majer.

Modric becomes the fourth Real Madrid player to be called up for the World Cup after Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr and Eder Militao were named in the Brazil squad.

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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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