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Real Madrid board not in favour of renewing club legend’s contract

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As we approach the final phase of the campaign, the future of Luka Modric is slowly becoming a hot topic in the Real Madrid camp.

The midfielder’s contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season, but no renewal talks have taken place just yet.

Having played for Real Madrid for more than a decade, Modric has become a benchmark for many young individuals at the Bernabeu. But it appears his time at the club is finally coming to an end.

Real Madrid board not in favour of a renewal

According to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic (h/t RM4Arab), the Real Madrid board is not in favour of renewing the contract of Luka Modric.

The technical and the coaching staff, of course, do not share the view and continue to rate the player highly. But the general idea is that Modric’s spell at Real Madrid has come to an end.

What does the future hold for Modric? (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

During his 12-year stint at the Bernabeu, Modric has featured in more than 500 competitive matches for Los Blancos. He was close to leaving the club last summer but ultimately signed a renewal with Real Madrid, in the hopes of retaining his role in the first team.

Modric, though, has started only 12 league matches this season, falling behind Toni Kroos and young midfielders in the pecking order.

Carlo Ancelotti insists that Real Madrid will continue to depend on Modric, but the veteran midfielder feels it is not the case.

What’s next for Modric?

With Real Madrid reluctant to hand him a renewal, Modric is likely to become a free agent in the coming summer.

The Croatian has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia for quite some time now. But it appears the player is more interested in trying out other leagues or better yet, remain in Europe.

Modric was recently courted by Galatasaray, but the midfielder does not want to join the Turkish outfit. We can expect more details on Modric’s future in the coming months, as the player assesses his options before making a decision.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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