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Real Madrid icon attracting interest from Qatar, MLS and European clubs, contract renewal not ruled out

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For some time now, it has felt that this might be Luka Modric’s final season as a Real Madrid player. The 38-year-old’s contract expires in the summer and his role in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans has been slowly diminishing.

As such, it has led to many believing that the Croatian international could very well be moving on at the end of the campaign as a free agent.

No shortage of suitors for Modric

Now, as per The Athletic, Luka Modric has no shortage of suitors if he decides to leave Real Madrid in the summer. Indeed, clubs from Qatar, the MLS, as well as elsewhere in Europe have shown an interest in signing the veteran.

However, the 38-year-old is not ruling out the possibility of signing a new contract and prolonging his stay with the Merengues.

Modric’s contract expires in June. (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Modric has also been attracting interest from Saudi Arabian clubs, but the thought of playing there does not appeal to him at this point, even though his compatriots, Ivan Rakitic and Marcelo Brozovic, ply their trade there.

No rush to make a decision

The report further states that Real Madrid are not going to rush into taking a call over Modric’s situation. The plan is to wait until later in the season to make the ‘best decision possible’ for the club icon.

The player himself is understood to be in no hurry to decide his next move at the start of February itself.

Modric, who has seen his game-time reduce in recent weeks, understands the club’s strategy of betting on the youth. For now, he is fully focused on finishing the season strongly with Real Madrid and then enjoying a good Euro tournament with Croatia.

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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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