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Real Madrid superstar insists he wishes to retire at the club – ‘This is my home’

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Real Madrid will bid goodbye to one of their greatest players of this era in Toni Kroos, with the German international set to retire this summer.

As such, the midfielder will play his final game for Los Blancos this Saturday in the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.

Meanwhile, two more veteran stars, Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez, are also closing in on the expiry of their contracts and there is still no concrete update on their future.

Amidst the speculations, though, Modric has now come out and issued an update, stating that he has already made a decision on his next move, but refused to confirm it.

However, the Croatian midfielder did reveal that his idea is to retire at Real Madrid, the club he considers home.

“The decision on my future is made but I can’t tell you yet,” Modric said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

Will Modric stay or retire? (Photo by JAIME REINA/AFP via Getty Images)

“I have always said I want to retire at Real Madrid, this is what I really want. This would be a dream, this is my home, the club of my life. I want a farewell like Toni Kroos,” he added.

Further opening up on the idea of retirement, Modric added that he still feels good enough to continue at the highest level, saying:

“I can’t say when, I have to see how I feel… but right now, I feel so good physically that I’m sure I can still play elite football. Don’t look at the age, I feel great.”

There had been rumours earlier in the season that Modric could be offered a place on Carlo Ancelotti’s coaching staff for next season, but the midfielder ruled out such a move at this point in his career.

“I don’t know where it comes from… but no. No assistant, no 2nd coach. I’m still a player, that’s what I want to do! I want to play,” Modric remarked.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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