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Real Madrid in talks with veteran over renewal amid Qatar, Saudi Arabia interest

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According to Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg, Luka Modric and Real Madrid are still in talks over a new contract until 2024. However, there is concurrently serious interest in the player’s services from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. As of now, there is no decision from his end.

Modric has been an integral part of the Merengues‘ setup for close to a decade now. Despite having won it all, he continues to step onto the field in every game with as much hunger as a player who is yet to prove himself.

Considering the Croatian international’s innate competitiveness and drive, it is difficult to see him move out of elite football with so much left in the tank. Thus, it is increasingly likely that he will continue at the Spanish capital for one more season before joining a league outside Europe.

Next season could present Modric with a very different and unique role given the club’s need to phase out the old guard. The potential arrival of Jude Bellingham could shift the veteran into a position of mentorship with appearances in the big games.

The 37-year-old midfielder has made 24 La Liga appearances for the Merengues this term, scoring four goals and providing three assists in the process. Furthermore, he averages 1.3 key passes per game and has created eight big chances.

With two goals and an assist to his name in this season’s Champions League, Modric has proven that he has enough in his tank to play in Europe despite his age. Come next season, that hunger to excel will remain.

Carlo Ancelotti named Modric as one of the backbones of his side earlier this season, openly declaring the dependency that Real Madrid have on his services. With the twilight of his career surely nearing, one wonders how the club will cope with his loss when he steps away.

For now, though, with contract talks still continuing, a stay for one more season looks like a possible outcome.

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Real Madrid winger has two future destinations on table for next season

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Real Madrid set out on a mission to change the minds of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez earlier this week. After all, all three players were contemplating a departure from the club for a gross lack of minutes.

Los Blancos’ latest approach seems to have impacted Ceballos’ position in a positive fashion. However, Fabrizio Romano reveals that it has not changed Marco Asensio’s mind.

According to the Italian journalist, the Spaniard will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent.

Of the numerous options on his table, he sees Aston Villa and PSG to be the best bets. In fact, Villa have already submitted their opening bid for the player as revealed by Fabrizio Romano once again.

After a dramatic final day of action in the Premier League, Aston Villa finished in the European spots and will participate in the UEFA Conference League next season. While a move to the English club would be a steep step down, it will see Asensio receive regular playing time.

Paris-Saint Germain, on that front, appears the more probable destination. The French club are close to losing both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr ahead of the new season, and Asensio would thus fit in as a starting quality winger. Moreover, they offer Champions League football.

The Spaniard’s role at Real Madrid this season has not been minor by any means considering his contributions. In 30 La Liga appearances, the 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists in addition to creating nine big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per game.

However, that does not satisfy the winger who wishes to be a starter week in and week out. His departure in June appears to be now written in stone, and the club should feel hard done to not make a penny of his move.

Many in Los Blancos’ administration see Brahim Diaz as a direct replacement for the Spanish international if he leaves. Needless to say, the AC Milan star’s future will closely depend on Asensio’s situation.

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