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Real Madrid legend wants to stay at club, waiting for renewal talks

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There has been a lot said about the future of Real Madrid veteran Luka Modric, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

The 38-year-old veteran has seen his role in the team, in terms of regular starts, diminish a great deal this season, with manager Carlo Ancelotti largely using him as a rotation player.

Yet, each time he takes the field Modric performs at a high level while there are no question marks over his fitness either.

As such, it has been suggested that the Croatian international could leave in search for a new destination this summer, one where he can play regularly.

Meanwhile, only earlier today, Fabrizio Romano suggested that Modric had not made a decision over his future and would wait until May or June before making any call.

Modric wants to stay

Now, though, AS has come out with a report, claiming that Modric wants to stay put at Real Madrid beyond this season.

In fact, it is suggested that the 38-year-old club legend is waiting for Los Blancos to initiate contract renewal talks with him.

Modric wants to stay. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Modric will be turning 39 in September and would have a chance to break the record of becoming the oldest player to ever represent Real Madrid if he were to stay.

Moreover, as was seen last night against Mallorca and during the midweek game against PSG, the Croatian midfielder still has plenty left to offer at the highest level.

As such, it appears that he is open to continuing at Real Madrid and fighting for his spot for another year, despite his reduced role in the current season.

If that is indeed the case, it will now be up to the Spanish capital giants to decide whether they want to keep Modric around for one more season or let him go once his current contract expires.

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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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