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Real Madrid icon on the radars of newly-promoted Serie A club, director admits

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Carl Alberto Lodi, the sporting director of Como, has stated that while they have frequently pondered the idea of acquiring Luka Modric, they have never engaged in any negotiations with either the player himself or Real Madrid.

Modric, whose contract with Real Madrid concludes on June 30, is widely expected to sign a one-year extension with the club. Nevertheless, Real Madrid have yet to officially announce this extension.

Amidst these uncertainties, Modric has attracted numerous offers, including a notable one from the Saudi League, showcasing his enduring appeal and skill on the global stage.

In addition to interest from Saudi Arabia, Inter Miami have also been linked with Modric. There has even been talk of a possible return to his roots at Dinamo Zagreb.

Como are interested, but…

Amid these swirling rumours, Como, a team that has recently ascended to Italy’s Serie A, was speculated to have expressed interest in the veteran midfielder.

Luka Modric is expected to sign a new deal with Real Madrid. (Photo by JAIME REINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Reports suggested that Como’s manager, Cesc Fabregas, who is two years younger than Modric, envisioned the Croatian as the linchpin of his team in their Serie A campaign.

The idea of Modric leading a newly promoted team in one of Europe’s top leagues was certainly intriguing. However, Lodi firmly dismisses these speculations, reiterating that no contact or negotiations have ever taken place with Modric.

“We think about Modric every day because he is an extraordinary champion, but it was never a negotiation although we have a very good relationship with the agents,” said Lodi as quoted by Corriere dello Sport.

As for Modric’s new contract with Real Madrid, it is believed that the terms will include a significant salary reduction.

The midfielder is expected to accept a 40% cut in his wages, resulting in an estimated net salary of €6 million for the 2024/25 season.

This revised deal has reportedly received the approval of Modric’s representatives, indicating a willingness to continue his illustrious career at Real Madrid under adjusted financial terms.

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Real Madrid defender set to stay after requesting to see out his contract

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Real Madrid welcomed four players back from loan this summer: Reinier, Rafa Marin, Juanmi Latasa, and Jesus Vallejo and bid goodbye to Marin already, while the others are expected to evaluate their futures with the club.

Vallejo joined Real Madrid in 2015, but he has primarily played on loan at other teams, including Real Zaragoza, VfB Stuttgart, Wolves, and Granada twice.

Having concluded his third stint at Granada, the player is back in the Spanish capital and now seeks a resolution over his future.

Jesus Vallejo held a meeting with Real Madrid’s hierarchy

Indeed, according to AS, Jesus Vallejo recently met with Real Madrid and made a request to fulfill the final year of his contract.

The club has opted not to exert pressure, leaving his future in his own hands: whether he decides to leave or stay, they support his decision.

Jesus Vallejo did not play much at Granada. (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

After all, Vallejo has been with the club for several years, and Real Madrid intends to honour the wishes of one of the players who have been at the club for the longest time.

The 27-year-old centre-back was a part of the Real Madrid squad in the 2021/2022 season and played sparingly.

But he proved to be a dependable option when called upon and enjoyed a memorable performance in the Champions League against Manchester City as a late substitute.

Due to Real Madrid’s options at the back and the potential signing of Leny Yoro, Vallejo is unlikely to find regular game time if he opts to stay put.

Despite managing just three appearances for relegated Granada last season due to an injury, Vallejo looks forward to putting his physical woes behind him and starting afresh.

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