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Real Madrid legend claims club do not need veteran midfielder: “Has to leave at some point”

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Speaking on El Chiringuito TV, former Real Madrid star and legend Guti has claimed that the club do not need the services of veteran midfielder Luka Modric.

The 37-year-old midfielder is one among several players whose contract expires at the end of the season. While Real Madrid have been handing him a one-year rolling contract in recent times, there has not been much movement in terms of a new deal as of yet.

However, reports suggest that Los Blancos expect Modric to remain at the club for another season and that his renewal at a later stage this season will not be an issue.

But, former star Guti has claimed that he has doubts about giving the Croatian international a new contract as he would not have a space in the side next season. Furthermore, he claims that Real Madrid no longer need to be reliant on Modric, as he said:

“I have doubts with Luka Modric. He won’t have his space [next season]. Real Madrid doesn’t need him. I don’t know if Bellingham or another midfielder will come but he has to leave at some point.”

Guti’s claims come amidst Modric’s recent dip in form after he led Croatia to a third-place finish in the FIFA World Cup 2022. The veteran superstar has looked fatigued and has appeared well below his best since.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti has been heavily reliant on the former Tottenham Hotspur man despite his age and all the minutes seem to be taking a toll on his fitness.

With Real Madrid pushing to sign Jude Bellingham in the summer transfer window, Guti sees it as the right time to bid goodbye to the legendary figure of Modric.

However, the Merengues see the situation in a different light, as they believe Bellingham’s pursuit is not dependent on the future of Modric and even want the Croatian to mentor him.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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