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Real Madrid superstar yet to make a decision on future as contract nears expiry



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It has been yet another successful run at the FIFA World Cup for Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric, who led his Croatian national team to a third-place finish in Qatar.

At 37, the veteran midfielder stood out yet again as one of the best midfielders at the world event, showcasing his amazing quality and longevity on the biggest stage of all.

Speaking after the win over Morocco in the third-place playoff, Modric confirmed that he is not retiring from international football and ensured that he will continue representing Croatia at least until the UEFA Nations League finals next year.

While his international future seems to be set at least for another 6-8 months, it is now time for Modric to make a decision on his club future.

Indeed, the 37-year-old’s contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season and according to AS, he is yet to decide on his next step, leaving his future up in the air.

Modric and Real Madrid have come to a settlement for him to renew his contract year after year, which was the case in 2022 when he extended his deal until the summer of 2023.

But, there is still no agreement over another extension that would keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the ongoing season. And starting from January 1, the former Tottenham Hotspur star will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with a club of his choice.

Real Madrid, for their part, wish to keep Modric at the club but at the same time they have an eye on the future, which has led to links with the likes of Jude Bellingham and Enzo Fernandez.

Even if Los Blancos sign a new midfielder, it would not mean the end of the road for Modric at the club. The ball firmly lies in the 37-year-old’s court now and the time to make a decision on whether he continues with Real Madrid or takes off for a new adventure is getting closer and closer.

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Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training



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The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.

Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.

The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.

Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid

Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.

However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.

To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.

This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.

Arda Guler is taking special guidance from Toni Kroos (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler

The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.

Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.

This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.

It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.

Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.

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