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Real Madrid veteran seen as ‘untouchable’ by Ancelotti amid Jude Bellingham links

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Real Madrid are anticipating widespread changes in their squad at the end of the season, especially as they have a bunch of players that are expected to run down their contracts in 2023.

One of them is Luka Modric. The veteran midfielder’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season and at the age of 37, there are very few players who can continue at the top level, especially at a club like Real Madrid.

Fortunately for Los Blancos, Modric is one of those players. Even in the twilight years of his career, the former Ballon d’Or winner has continued to set an example to the rest of the squad. He has also given no indications or hints about a potential retirement from club football.

According to AS, the feeling is mutual in the Real Madrid camp. For coach Carlo Ancelotti, Modric’s status in the first team is non-negotiable. The club are determined to keep hold of him for one more season, at the very least.

The report suggests Modric’s role in the team will not be altered by the arrival of any new midfielder. Real Madrid, after all, have been closely linked with moves for Jude Bellingham and Enzo Fernandez, with the club even reportedly willing to offer a bumper €60 million contract for the former.

The general consensus in the Real Madrid camp is that Modric should continue even after either of these two youngsters arrive at the club. They expect the Croatian international to play a vital role in guiding the young players in the team before eventually hanging up his boots.

In the meantime, though, Modric will be looking to restart the season on a positive note as Real Madrid take on Real Valladolid at the end of the month. The veteran, though, might not be available for the clash, having had a relatively longer World Cup campaign than the majority of his teammates.

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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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