At 36 years of age, Luka Modric continues to rule the midfield in every game he plays. The Croatian international oozes class with every touch of his and is often the one to pull his team out of trouble.
Most recently, Modric provided a vital assist against Chelsea that brought the aggregate score back on level terms. The veteran’s vision for his pass to Rodrygo was unparalleled, as he executed a slick outside-the-boot curling cross into the opposition area.
To say that Modric is the backbone of this Real Madrid side would be an understatement. His current contract with the club is set to expire in June, and no agreement between the parties has been reached yet.
According to reports from Sergio Santos, the veteran midfielder has two offers on the table. Juventus are the big name interested in signing the Real Madrid legend, while another club from Qatar have tipped their hat in the ring as well.
The player’s priority is to retire at Real Madrid, and the club are aware of his desire. New talks over a renewal are expected to start soon, with a one year contract expected.
The player would have liked for the club to propose a renewal a few months ago, but is still willing to commit his future to the white colours of Madrid.
In 21 league starts this season, Modric has scored two goals and provided five assists. As it stands, it is very likely that he will stay with Los Blancos for the coming season.
Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role
At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.
Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.
While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.
Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.
However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.
Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity
Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.
Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.
And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.
Lunin in the driving seat
Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.
In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.
It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.
As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.
As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.