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Real Madrid veteran superstar has offers from MLS and Saudi Arabia

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After a slow start to the season, Luka Modric has gelled in well to the new-look Real Madrid midfield setup, powered by new addition Jude Bellingham.

Earlier in the campaign, the Croat was struggling with game-time as Carlo Ancelotti was mainly trusting young players such as Bellingham, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni.

But following a few injury blows, Real Madrid are back to trusting Modric once again. The midfielder has started five of the last six league matches he has played.

Modric has offers from Saudi Arabia and MLS

Despite enjoying a renewed presence in the first team, it is no secret that Modric’s days at Real Madrid are numbered.

With that in mind, the midfielder has apparently received offers from MLS and Saudi Arabia, as we head into 2024.

Modric’s contract expires at the end of the season (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

This has been reported by Diario AS, although the Spanish news publication has not mentioned any club names.

Decision time for Modric?

For the large part of the last two years, Modric has resisted the idea of leaving Real Madrid and has not succumbed to lucrative offers from elsewhere.

The Croat had notably rejected an offer from Saudi Arabia last season, which would have paid him €200 million in a span of three years.

But with the midfielder’s contract expiring at the end of the season, it is time for Modric to make a decision.

As mentioned earlier, Real Madrid have started to put their faith in the young breed of midfielders, which has dwindled the game-time of not only Modric but his fellow veteran midfielder Toni Kroos.

The offers from Saudi Arabia or MLS, therefore, will appear much more lucrative for Modric, who is likely playing his last season at the Bernabeu this term.

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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