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Real Madrid legend wishes to prolong his career until the age of 40

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After close to a decade of dominance, Real Madrid’s world-class midfield trifecta of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos has been broken this summer.

Casemiro, after spending nine years at the club and winning 18 trophies, has joined Manchester United, bringing an end to his time at the Bernabeu. His departure comes as a huge blow, even though Los Blancos have a replacement ready in summer signing Aurelien Tchouameni.

Soon, the Merengues could also bid goodbye to Toni Kroos, whose current contract with the club expires next year and he is yet to start talks over a renewal.

However, according to Diario AS, Real Madrid can continue to count upon the services of Modric for a few more years as the Croatian midfielder wishes to continue playing until the age of 40.

The former Tottenham midfielder will soon be turning 37 but continues to be one of Real Madrid’s most important players, as was visible this past weekend against Celta Vigo when he scored a wondergoal and set Vinicius Junior up with a sensational pass.

Modric was cheered and given a rousing ovation by home and away fans at the Balaidos after being taken off on Saturday night. Manager Carlo Ancelotti praised the ageing midfielder saying: “Luka is immortal. He is always ready, always prepared, and always very good. His goal changed the game.”

Modric signed a one-year contract extension with the Spanish and European champions earlier this year to prolong his stay until 2023. But if he continues to perform the way he is, the ongoing campaign will not be his last in the whites of Real Madrid.

The veteran midfielder has previously insisted that he plans to continue playing until 40 and as per the report, Los Blancos would be happy to continue with him if he keeps up with his performance levels.

“With Luka there will never be a problem if the idea of ​​​​both parties is to continue together. He is amazing. In his demanding position on the pitch, at Modric’s age, no one is still in the football elite,” is the message that Real Madrid are transmitting.

So, if things go well, Real Madrid supporters will continue to see the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner dazzle and weave his magic for a few more years.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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