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.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.