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Real Madrid president met with Ancelotti last month and finalised transfer plans for January

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The January transfer window has opened, and players have begun switching allegiances during the only window available mid-season. Real Madrid, as is normally the norm with them, are silent through the month.

Los Blancos have an unspoken policy of not making signing midway through the season unless all hell breaks loose. The situation this time came very close to forcing a new signing, but the manager opted to maintain faith in his existing core to get the job done.

The decisive meeting

According to reports from Josep Pedrerol of El Chiringuito TV, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and manager Carlo Ancelotti met on December 4th in a high-profile meeting where the duo discussed the team’s road ahead, the squad strength and assessed the need for a new signing.

In the end, the discussion boiled down to the consensus that Ancelotti had enough in the tank to coast through the season and that the club would make no new signing in January.

The biggest position under question was the central defence, but the manager trusts the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga to come good if the situation turned dire.

A signing in the summer

Real Madrid identified several young centre-backs with a high-ceiling during their recent scouting for a new centre-back. They may have decided against signing a new player in January, but reinforcing the defence remains a priority for the summer.

The likes of Goncalo Inacio, Antonio Silva, and Leny Yoro are amongst the top young guns linked with a move to Real Madrid and it remains to be seen which signing works out from both an economic and sporting perspective.

After all, the club are also eyeing a big forward signing and Alphonso Davies for the summer.

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Real Madrid midfielder wants to follow in Kroos’ footsteps and retire at the club

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos recently shared that he plans to retire after this season. Now, according to a report from MARCA (h/t Madrid Zone), it seems Luka Modric, another key player, might also be eyeing retirement in Madrid.

Modric, who is 39 years old, has an agreement in principle with Real Madrid to stay for one more season. However, with manager Carlo Ancelotti’s backing for both Modric and Kroos to stay, it has come down to the fact that only one will remain at the club.

Is Modric returning now? 

No, not yet. Like Kroos, Modric wants to finish his career at Real Madrid. If he wanted to retire, he would not have agreed to extend his contract.

It is to be noted that Modric is currently one of the top earners at Real Madrid, but his high salary did not align with his reduced playing time. 

Luka Modric wants to retire at Real Madrid. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Despite his wish to stay, the club was not initially keen on keeping him under such terms.

However, things have changed recently. The club is now considering renewing Modric’s contract due to several reasons. 

First, the midfielder is open to a pay cut and second, his positive influence on younger players like Arda Guler is valued. Lastly, his desire to retire as a Madrid player is a significant factor.

Interestingly, Modric has turned down tempting offers from Saudi Arabia and the MLS to stay with Real Madrid.

Throughout this season, the Croatian international has accepted his decreased playing time, although it was challenging for him given his competitive spirit and pride. 

His role might diminish further once Real Madrid find a replacement for Kroos next season, but for now, Modric will continue to be a prominent figure for the team.

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