A recent report from MARCA has offered a comprehensive update on Luka Modric. With his contract at Real Madrid expiring at the end of the season, there are speculations floating around over the future of the Croatian international, who recently guided his nation to a third-placed finish in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The report suggests Modric has received two lucrative offers from Saudi Arabia and MLS respectively. The offer from Saudi, in particular, has come from Al Nassr, who have recently made headlines by signing none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Saudi Arabian giants now want to take things one step further by adding more star players to their armoury. It appears Al Nassr are determined to become the Real Madrid of Arab football, as evidenced by their recent capture of Ronaldo.
Al Nassr have identified two top targets in the market currently. One is Sergio Ramos, who could join the club at the end of the season, while the other is Modric. They have approached the veteran midfielder, but the player has rejected any advances.
The former Tottenham starlet has received offers from MLS too, especially ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. But his response has been clear: “We will talk in 2024”.
Modric’s response serves as a clear indication of his desire to continue at Real Madrid, at least for another season. Even at the age of 37, the Croatian has continued to thrive in his role and remains a star player for the team.
Real Madrid, too, consider Modric as a vital part of the squad, even amid speculation over the potential capture of Jude Bellingham in the summer of 2023.
The Whites may not have tabled an official proposal just yet, but Modric is prepared to sign a contract extension. Reaching an agreement should not be a problem for either of the two parties, as we enter the January transfer window.
Atletico striker hoping Bellingham has an off day during derby: “He is at a great level”
Speaking to DAZN (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata admitted that Real Madrid midfield superstar Jude Bellingham is performing at a great level.
Real Madrid take on Atletico in La Liga on Sunday in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano and without a doubt, Bellingham will pose a huge threat for the Rojiblancos.
Alvaro Morata hopes Bellingham as a quiet outing
Ahead of the blockbuster encounter on Sunday, Morata, who is Atletico’s main striker, admitted that Bellingham has great quality.
“I saw him last year in a few games, the truth is that he caught my attention. I saw him in his team and in his national team, and talking to people who had played with him, teammates he has, you could already see that he was a great player,” he said.
However, the former Real Madrid striker added that he hoped that the England international has an off day during the derby.
“The truth is that he is at a great level, we can only hope that he doesn’t do well and that we also have very good players to counteract that. We hope he doesn’t have a good day on Sunday,” Morata stated.
Bellingham fit and ready to go
Bellingham has been the in-form player for Real Madrid this season with six goals and an assist in six matches across all competitions.
So, naturally, there were concerns when he did not complete the training sessions on Friday due to stomach issues.