Luka Modric may not have the same engine that he had in his younger days, but that has not deterred him from dictating games even at the age of 37. The midfielder is a class act both on and off the field and continues to lead from the very front irrespective of the location.
Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti assured that he retained complete faith in the Croatian international and cast away all doubt over Modric’s chances to start El Clasico. His involvement will undoubtedly be crucial if his side are to take three points on the night.
The former Tottenham Hotspur man has played in 23 of Real Madrid’s 25 La Liga games this season, scoring four goals and providing three assists in the process.
He spoke to DAZN earlier today in an interview that covered his renewal and some dressing room secrets. Here are the snippets from his interaction.
The veteran midfielder began his interview with details on his contractual situation. Modric’s deal with Real Madrid runs out in the summer and it is worrying that the player has not yet signed an extension. The player maintained that he wished to stay but did not reveal any details on the negotiations:
“The club knows my desire. I said it many times. Now I don’t think about my future. I want to give my best, then we’ll see what happens,” Modric said.
The Merengues‘ dressing room often tease Modric as ‘Vinagre‘, whic means a person who loses his temper very easily in colloquial Spanish. Talking about his teammates’ comments on his anger, the Croatian international admitted to his low threshold.
“Ahahah, they all say that. It’s because I always get angry when we lose in training. I hate it. But I’m not the only one, there are some worse than me,” the Croatian international stated.
Finally, the 37-year-old was quizzed about the situation of his teammate and colleague Toni Kroos and where he would be next season. Modric gave nothing away and responded by saying: “I don’t know what he will do and even if I knew I wouldn’t tell you.”
Modric and Kroos are expected to feature from the start when Real Madrid take on Barcelona at Spotify Camp Nou tomorrow night in a game that could have a major say on the fate of the title race.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.