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Real Madrid legendary superstar wishes to retire at club amid future speculations

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Phasing out older players is a part and parcel of football, but the process is usually simplified by an age-related decline in quality. After all, all parties involved are usually aware when age catches up with a player.

The situation with Luka Modric, thus, is a queer one. At 38 years of age, the Croatian superstar is seen to be in his final season at Real Madrid, but his ability to age like fine wine has not helped the club’s cause.

Determined to pull on

As revealed in a recent report by SPORT, Modric does not fancy the idea of leaving Los Blancos at the end of his contract this summer. He is competitive and insists on staying and retiring at Real Madrid.

Indeed, the veteran’s role in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup has seen a decline this season. It did take a while for him to get accustomed to the new reality, but he is now ready to pull on for one more campaign even if it means a smaller role.

Modric wants to stay for another year. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

The player, thus, is pushing for a one-year renewal which places Florentino Perez and Co. into a serious dilemma.

Both options open

Ancelotti values Modric’s presence in the dressing room, not only in a sporting sense but also in terms of the guidance he brings to the youngsters.

However, the Real Madrid administration has half a mind to part ways with Modric this summer to provide younger names like Arda Guler with more minutes. After all, the competition in midfield is brutal.

Concurrently, the door to a renewal is not closed either. Los Blancos have considered offering a renewal themselves in recent months, and a final decision will be taken after the business end of the season.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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