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‘One of the worst’ – Real Madrid veteran’s past comments on referee for Man City clash resurface

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Real Madrid will be looking at the upcoming encounter with Manchester City as arguably their biggest test of the season.

The Merengues drew the first leg with a dramatic 3-3 scoreline, but they’ll likely rue the missed opportunity, given they will not possess the home advantage in the second leg.

Moreover, some of Manchester City’s key players are slated to return, with Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake expected to feature.

Another area of concern might be the choice of referee as star midfielder Luka Modric is not on the best of terms with Daniele Orsato, the referee for the upcoming clash.

Modric and Orsato’s rift

Now, Mundo Deportivo has highlighted a previous encounter between the two, during which Modric openly criticized Orsato’s refereeing decisions.

Daniele Orsato will officiate Man City vs Real Madrid. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

In the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar, Modric’s Croatia locked horns with Argentina. The game ended in a bitter 3-0 defeat for the Croatians, but Modric made sure to air his frustrations out afterwards.

 “I never talk about referees, but today it is impossible not to talk. He is one of the worst I know. Not only because of today’s match. He has whistled at me many times and I never have a good memory of him. He is a disaster,” he angrily protested.

Orsato’s decision to award Argentina a penalty early in the game particularly caused the greatest source of annoyance, which Modric brought up.

“It was a key moment in the match. He doesn’t give us a corner kick and calls a penalty, which I don’t think it was, because he shoots and collides with our goalkeeper. I can’t believe he called that penalty. That changes the game,” the 38-year-old claimed.

Real Madrid and Modric will thus be hoping for fair officiating in the upcoming match, steering clear of any controversial decisions that might evoke past memories.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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