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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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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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