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Real Madrid now taking veteran star’s contract renewal for granted

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Luka Modric is one of the few players in world football to be recognised and admired by players and supporters alike. The Croatian International’s legacy transcends barriers of club and country, and it is safe to say that he is a global ambassador for the sport.

At the same time, Modric is synonymous with Real Madrid. The midfielder may not be an academy graduate or homegrown talent but the sheer success he has seen at the Spanish club builds a deep connection between the two.

At 37 years of age, the inevitable separation between Real Madrid and Modric is imminent. The Croat does not have many years left in his boots, and any season could be his last.

It appeared for long that the 2022-23 season would be the one after which the legend bid adieu to the Merengues. However, the player’s competitive spirit is far from tamed and Modric still feels he has enough in his tank to fight out another season at the club.

According to reports from AS, Los Blancos now take Modric’s renewal for granted. The official paperwork of his extension is yet to be signed but there is the all-important green light from the player.

Real Madrid thus plan on extending his contract by one year and will take a decision over the long-term future looking at his form and involvement next term. However, there appears to be an acceptance that 2023-24 could well be the last of Modric in a white shirt.

Having secured the extensions of both Modric and Toni Kroos, Carlo Ancelotti has security over his midfield personnel for the upcoming season.

After all, the signing of Jude Bellingham is no longer as clear and the situation could imply the veterans retain their regular starting position.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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