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Real Madrid veteran increasingly likely to stay at the club for one more season



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This past month or so has shown that Real Madrid veteran midfielder Luka Modric still remains an elite footballer with plenty left to offer at the highest level.

It is true that the Croatian has lost significance in Carlo Ancelotti’s scheme of things this season with the Italian looking at the future. But every time he has been called upon, Modric has delivered more often than not.

During the past few weeks, the 38-year-old has showcased his worth, making vital contributions off the bench in both matches against Manchester City, impressing in the Clasico while doing well again last night vs Real Sociedad.

Modric to stay for another season

Given that Modric’s contract expires at the end of the season and the fact that he had lost some prominence this term have led to speculations that he would leave in the summer.

However, according to the latest update from journalist Jose Felix Diaz (h/t Madrid Xtra), Modric is now ‘increasingly likely’ to continue at Real Madrid for one more season.

At 38, Modric is very much in the final phase of his career and it appears that he would prefer to stay at the Spanish capital club for one more season rather than move to the MLS or even his former club Dinamo Zagreb.

Modric to stay with Real Madrid for one more season. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

In fact, it has even been suggested that the former Tottenham Hotspur man would prefer to retire with the Merengues.

Great chance for youngsters

With Toni Kroos set to continue and now Modric also appearing likely to stay, it will be a great move for Real Madrid.

While the veteran duo might not play as much in the next season, just having their wealth of experience and knowledge in the dressing room would be of immense value.

Youngsters like Jude Bellingham, Brahim Diaz, and Arda Guler can benefit from being around them and continue to learn under the club legends.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great



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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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