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Real Madrid veteran does not rule out retirement if he wins the World Cup



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Croatia begin their FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign tomorrow when they take on Morocco in Group F.

Led by Real Madrid veteran superstar Luka Modric, the Vatreni made it as far as the finals in the competition four years ago. And the 37-year-old midfielder, who had finished as the best player of the tournament back then, is looking forward to leading his team again.

“I feel very good. There is nervousness. Natural. I am excited to lead Croatia to a great tournament. As far as the team is concerned, I think we have worked well these five days. I’m healthy and ready, that’s the most important thing,” he said in a press conference (h/t MARCA).

Considering that he is already 37, there is a good chance that it will Modric’s final World Cup while the possibility of international retirement is also looming. When asked if he was thinking about calling it time on his international career after the World Cup, he said:

“Honestly, I feel good. I play almost everything with Real Madrid, I still feel good when I play football. I’m here at the World Cup to continue playing, to continue enjoying football. I don’t think about what will happen later.”

“I haven’t made a decision about it yet, I’m here to play a good tournament and that’s definitely what I have in mind. We’ll see what we do,” he added.

Modric’s former Real Madrid teammate and Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo insisted that he will retire if he won the World Cup. When asked if he would also consider doing that, Modric replied:

“If that’s what it takes for us to win, then I’ll say goodbye. We always give our all when we wear this jersey and I hope the fans are happy with us. We’re going to do our best.”

Modric’s club future is also a topic of discussion as his contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season. However, it is widely expected that he will renew his contract for another year. For now, the midfielder’s focus will be on the Croatian national team.

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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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