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Real Madrid midfielder feels strong enough to continue at club for one more season



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According to reports from AS, Luka Modric feels that he has enough in the tank to renew and play one more season for Real Madrid. The Croatian wants to prove that he can operate at the highest level despite being 37 years of age.

The midfielder has been the heart of Real Madrid’s midfield for close to a decade now, and the current season has been no different. Despite guiding his team through a rebuild, manager Carlo Ancelotti sees the experienced Modric a part of the backbone of his side and maintains him as a starter for all big games.

The 37-year-old has played a part in 22 of the team’s 24 La Liga matches so far, finding the back of the net four times and providing three assists. He is one of the Merengues’ creators-in-chief providing 1.4 key passes per game and fashioning eight big chances so far.

In recent years, Los Blancos have resisted handing veteran players long renewals. It has been the norm to sign extensions of only one or two seasons for players past the 30-year mark given the inevitable age-related decline. Yet, Modric has been one to put that theory to bed.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup finalist has aged like fine wine and continues to baffle on the field with his exquisite passes and movements. He is already a club legend in his own right and is a player who will go down as one of the greats of the game.

His contract at Santiago Bernabeu runs out in June. Modric now seems close to a one-year extension, but it is clear that his role next season may be far less prominent.

If Real Madrid sign Jude Bellingham in the summer, the club will look to use next season as a means to gradually phase out the Croatian International. However, if Modric’s track record is anything to go by, the midfielder will make it difficult for the manager to even consider playing him in a secondary role.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future




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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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