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Real Madrid veteran rejects lucrative contract offer from Al Nassr – report

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Al Nassr have made it their aim to sign Europe’s elite stars at the twilight of their careers. They began their objective by signing Cristiano Ronaldo in a record deal earlier this season. Now, they begin searching for their next targets.

Luka Modric, at 37 years of age, promises to be a good start for the Qatar based-club. Earlier this week, they made an offer to sign the Croatian international on a two-and-a-half-year contract worth over €40 million per season. It would make him the third highest-paid player in football.

According to reports from Croatian publication 24sata, Modric has decided to reject the proposal from Al Nassr. He wishes to hang up his boots while playing at the highest level and wishes for Real Madrid to be his last club. 

Modric is willing to sign a one-year extension on his deal at Santiago Bernabeu in the coming months and is waiting for negotiations to begin. Given the high level at which he continues to operate, an agreement is not ruled out. 

The veteran midfielder led the Croatian national team to a third-place finish at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup. After his stellar run in Qatar, he has looked slightly fatigued at Real Madrid and was thus rested for the team’s clash against Villarreal last week.

In 16 La Liga appearances so far this season, the Croat has scored three goals and provided two assists. He averages 1.2 shots and 1.4 key passes per game and has created five big chances so far in the league.

Modric is expected to start in midfield when Los Blancos take on Atletico Madrid tomorrow in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.

As for his future, it remains to be seen whether he signs a new contract with Real Madrid or not. But what seems clear is that Modric is uninterested in making the switch to Al Nassr despite being offered a bumper contract and a chance to reunite with former teammate Ronaldo.

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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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