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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 midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club

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In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.

But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.

It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.

Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.

And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.

The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.

Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.

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