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Real Madrid to bid farewell to midfield icon at the end of the season – report

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A sensational report from Cadena SER (h/t SPORT) has claimed that Real Madrid will not renew the contract of Luka Modric beyond the ongoing season, meaning that the Croatian veteran will now have to find a new home for the next campaign.

The outlet adds that the midfielder is already aware of the club’s decision, which is why he understands why he is getting fewer minutes this season.

In fact, he understands the fact that whatever time he has gotten on the field so far is due to the injuries suffered by Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga.

He will continue to be in the back seat

It is to be noted that Modric has not even warmed up for Real Madrid’s last two matches despite being named on the bench. Explaining the reason, manager Carlo Ancelotti explained:

“He is a legend and I will not make him warm up if he is not going to come out, I can do this with Arda Güler, but not with him.”

Luka Modric has spent 12 seasons at Real Madrid. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

And now, as the injured players are slowly getting back, Modric knows that he will now have to take the backseat for the rest of the season.

What are Modric’s options?

At the age of 38, Modric faces a pivotal moment in his career as he enters a new phase of his career. While he has indeed received offers from Saudi Arabia, the midfielder has turned them down, and as the summer approaches, he must decide on his next destination.

All signs point towards him remaining actively involved in football as his dedication is evident with his current leadership role in the Croatian team, which continues to excel and is set to compete in the 2024 Euro Cup. 

Meanwhile, after an impressive 12-season stint with Real Madrid, Modric is now poised to bid farewell. 

Real Madrid had invested €42 million in his signing, and despite initial scepticism, he has justified the investment as his illustrious tenure includes five Champions League triumphs and the prestigious Ballon d’Or in 2018.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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