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Real Madrid veteran megastar could retire at the end of next season – report

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Real Madrid have parted ways with two senior members of the team this month with Toni Kroos retiring and Nacho Fernandez leaving for Saudi Arabia. In a few days, Joselu will be moving on as well.

Lucas Vazquez and Luka Modric are both set to renew their contracts for one more season imminently, but the latter could end up following in the footsteps of his long-term midfield partner Kroos.

Modric retiring at the end of next season a possibility

Indeed, as per journalist Jose Luis Sanchez on El Chiringuito TV, Luka Modric retiring at the end of the next season is very much a possibility.

It was suggested that the veteran megastar has plans to play another World Cup, but it might not come to be.

Modric, currently 38 years old, continues to defy age and showcase his quality at the highest level. He did so for Real Madrid in the second half of the last season and now for Croatia at the Euros, with his performance against Italy on Monday being a standout.

Retirement next year? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Modric’s current contract with Real Madrid expires on June 30 and there had been speculations about a summer exit.

However, since then, the Croatian international has decided to renew his contract and reached an agreement over a one-year extension already, even taking a major pay cut to continue with Los Merengues.

Modric will be 39 years old in a few months and even though he continues to excel at the highest level, the midfielder admitted after the Italy game that there will come a time when he will have to hang up his boots.

“I’d like to keep playing forever, but there probably will come a time when I must hang up my boots,” he said after Monday’s heartbreaking 1-1 draw with Italy. “I’ll keep playing on, but I don’t know for how much longer.”

And, as such, there is a possibility that Modric could end up following in Kroos’ footsteps and retire after the next season instead of leaving for a different club or signing another extension.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury

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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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