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Real Madrid midfielder has already signed a new contract, announcement next week

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The ongoing season was largely expected to be Luka Modric’s final season at Real Madrid. After all, a renewal at 38 years of age appeared close to impossible.

Yet, it has been a summer of unpredictable moves. This past month, Toni Kroos announced his retirement from football at the end of the season in what came as an unexpected move and Luka Modric now appears close to staying at the club for another season.

Renewal signed

As revealed by Gianluca Di Marzio in a recent report, Modric has already signed his renewal with Real Madrid this week.

The new contract will see him at the club for one more year and will astonishingly see him in the team at the ripe age of 39.

An official announcement of the same is expected as early as next week and has likely been delayed only in view of the UEFA Champions League finale later today.

Needless to say, this comes as some positive news for the Merengues’ faithful after the devastating decision from Kroos earlier this month.

Losing both veterans in the same summer would undoubtedly have been a traumatising blow.

Modric stays, but Kroos departs. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Retirement at Madrid?

With Real Madrid largely considered the pinnacle of football, it is not surprising that players see it fitting to call it time on their careers while representing Los Blancos. After all, there is no better way of leaving than at the highest level.

Toni Kroos opted for the same approach through his recent decision, while even Carlo Ancelotti has said that he would like to finish his managerial career at the Spanish capital.

It now appears that Modric will likely walk down the same road.

The Croatian star has no dearth of offers on his table, ranging from Saudi Arabia and the USA to his home country.

His renewal, however, is a clear sign that the player could likely bid adieu to the sport after another season in white, especially given that he has embraced a smaller role in the team graciously.

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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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