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Real Madrid legend on international future after UEFA Nations League: “I’m clear about it”

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It was heartbreak once more for Luka Modric and the Croatian national team on Sunday night. Facing Luis de la Fuente’s Spain, they fell to a defeat only on penalties in the final of the UEFA Nations League.

Ahead of the tournament, Modric made a big statement about his future with the national team by stating that he had taken a binding decision on his continuity. However, he prioritised the task at hand and refused to reveal his choice.

“I’m focused on the Nations League now. I’ve made a decision, but we’ll talk about my future with Croatia when the Nations League is over,” he had said.

The veteran was unsurprisingly asked to provide a follow-up response to the same after last night’s clash against Spain. His response, understandably, did not change as revealed by Fabrizio Romano.

“My future with the national team? I have decided my future, I am clear about it but I’m not going to say it today,” the Real Madrid legend said.

At 37 years of age, there is really only one way an announcement of such magnitude can go.

After impressive campaigns with the Croatian international team in the last two FIFA World Cups, and most recently the UEFA Nations League, all signs point to Modric’s retirement from the international stage.

However, Modric has continued to defy the odds and continue to perform at the highest level despite his age. And he could look to keep going on with Croatia until the UEFA Euros next year.

Heading into the upcoming season, the veteran is likely to see a reduced role under Carlo Ancelotti as well. New signing Jude Bellingham and rising star Eduardo Camavinga are seen as regular starters for the campaign and which could lead to Modric being used sparingly. Nevertheless, he will continue to play a critical part on the big nights for Los Blancos.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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