Despite last season being labelled as Real Madrid’s year for midfield transition, Luka Modric continued to be one of the centre-pieces. His consistency helped him retain the title of a starter while others like Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga played a fluctuating role.
Heading into next season, however, the situation will be different. Carlo Ancelotti sees Camavinga as a regular starter in his plans. Furthermore, the arrival of Jude Bellingham takes up second place in midfield, leaving Modric, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde, and Tchouameni in a battle for one spot.
Yet, Real Madrid’s 37-year-old veteran, Modric, considers it another challenge and is willing to fight it out with the next generation.
According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Modric was offered a contract worth €200 million for three years from Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia. However, the Croatia captain had no intention of entertaining the proposal.
The veteran has always maintained that he would allow his physical condition and role in the team to govern his future. In fact, the midfielder was far from amused when he was questioned once again about his future earlier this week.
“Real Madrid or Saudi Arabia? My focus is on the national team now. As for Real Madrid, I have already said everything many times, I would not like to repeat myself,” he said.
With his skills now sharper than ever and a burning desire to continue at the top level, it would not be surprising to see Modric wear the white colours for a couple of years more.
While the offer from Saudi stands out as an exceptional economic package, the Real Madrid star also has a unique offer from Qatar on the table. Reports state that Al-Sadd are willing to offer him a contract including the provision to take over as the manager after his retirement.
However, Modric remains intent on staying put at Real Madrid for the upcoming campaign.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Las Palmas
Real Madrid will be looking to return to winning ways as they get set to take on UD Las Palmas in a couple of hours at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Following the derby debacle against Atletico de Madrid last weekend, it is imperative for Los Merengues to bounce back strongly tonight.
With kick-off not very long away, Carlo Ancelotti has announced the starting lineup that will be stepping onto the pitch to face Las Palmas.
Ancelotti has changed things a fair bit from the derby defeat, with both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos dropping to the bench.
But the biggest surprise is that Jude Bellingham has also been rested by the Real Madrid boss.
Instead, Real Madrid go in with the quartet of Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, and Brahim Diaz in their diamond midfield setup. The latter makes his first start for Real Madrid this season.
Up top, Joselu returns to the starting lineup, pairing up alongside Rodrygo Goes while Vinicius Jr remains on the bench, having only recently returned from an injury.
At the back, club captain Nacho Fernandez starts his first game of the season at the expense of Lucas Vazquez at right-back. Ferland Mendy also gets a look-in at left-back while David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger make up the rearguard that will shield Kepa Arrizabalaga.