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Real Madrid seriously considering a one-year contract offer for club icon

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Luka Modric played only 15 minutes against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinal last night, but his influence in that short cameo was special.

Despite featuring for just a quarter of an hour, the Croatian star completed 100% of his passes, made one key pass and created one big chance for Real Madrid.

At 38 years of age, Modric does not cease to excite, and while this season was largely expected to be his last one at the club, matters now appear to be changing.

Renewal on the horizon

As revealed by a report from Cadena SER (h/t The Madrid Zone), Los Blancos are now seriously considering the option of offering Modric a renewal for one year.

Their change in stance comes off the back of the veteran’s high-quality performances in his few minutes, providing value off the bench like none other.

As was revealed last month, the player wishes to continue in the Spanish capital for one more year and even hang his boots at the club of his dreams.

One more year? (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

While he does have offers from Croatia, the MLS and Saudi Arabia, he still sees himself playing elite football.

The drawbacks

While it should be a relatively straightforward decision to renew the club legend given his impact, the primary reason the administration hesitated towards the same was the impact it would have on the up-and-coming players.

Modric’s continuity will directly hamper chances for players like Arda Guler to burst onto the scene.

After all, Carlo Ancelotti could prefer to rely on the Croatian star over any young player during adverse times.

It thus remains to be seen how negotiations proceed on his renewal and when the official announcement arrives should it be finalised. As it stands, an agreement does appear possible.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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