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Real Madrid expect this season to be veteran superstar’s last one at the club – report

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For nearly ten years, Luka Modric has been a permanent fixture in the centre of the park at Real Madrid.

After enduring a difficult initiation to life in Spain, the former Tottenham midfielder became synonymous with class and quality, helping the Merengues achieve great levels of success during his tenure.

Modric recently crossed the landmark of 500 appearances for Real Madrid and has gone on to win three La Liga titles, five UEFA Champions League crowns, and various other trophies during his time.

Modric’s last season at Real Madrid?

But all good things must come to an end, and as per MARCA, Real Madrid think this will likely be Luka Modric’s last season at the club.

The Croatian international, who turned 38 a couple of months ago, signed a new one-year contract with the club earlier this year.

However, with Carlo Ancelotti relying more on young guns like Jude Bellingham, Federico Valverde, and Eduardo Camavinga this season, Modric’s game time has taken a hit.

The injuries to Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni seemed to have opened the doors for Modric, but he too suffered an injury, although he is now expected to return vs Real Betis this week.

Bidding goodbye in the summer? (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Either way, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Real Madrid expect Modric to move on even though they trust his quality and courage.

Saudi Arabia the likely destination

In addition, the report adds that Saudi Arabia could end up being Modric’s next destination once he decides to part ways with Real Madrid.

The 38-year-old was courting a lot of interest from the Middle East this past summer itself and his agent recently teased the possibility of a future move to Saudi.

With his contract running out in a little over six months, this could very well be Modric’s swansong at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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