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Real Madrid veteran superstar wants to stay at the club for one more season

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Real Madrid are expected to be busy as a bee in the forthcoming summer transfer window, with some big names poised to join the Royal Whites’ esteemed ranks.

However, departures will also be an area of interest, as the Merengues are known to part ways with players when they are past the peak of their powers.

Luka Modric has been heavily speculated to hit the exit door, as the 38-year-old is nearing the twilight of his career and has a contract that expires this summer.

Modric wants to continue playing for Madrid

However, the Croatian’s recent performances have turned the situation around. Despite his age, Modric continues to be an important asset for Los Blancos.

And, according to AS (h/t SPORT), the Croatian intends to wear the Real Madrid jersey for a further year. He is enthusiastic and firmly believes he can keep adding value to the team.

Despite playing few minutes at the beginning of the season, Modric has shown great promise since the turn of the year, and Ancelotti is starting to entrust him with more opportunities.

Moreover, the report argues that the club now appears to be ready to offer Modric a new deal, which he is inclined to accept.

Still going strong. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

There was talk of Modric settling down in a less competitive league and potentially joining his boyhood club Dinamo Zagreb before officially calling it quits. However, the veteran midfielder prefers to retire with Real Madrid.

Modric is proving to be important

Modric’s recent displays prove he is still invaluable when the club enters the business end of the season.

Against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, Modric impressed considerably in both legs.

While missing his penalty in the shootout at the Etihad Stadium, he retrieved balls, covered ground, and made successful passes.

And in the recent Clasico victory over Barcelona, Modric once again showed his worth as a creator.

As such, it appears highly probable that Modric will be relied upon next season as an option from the bench as his continuity is no longer a distant possibility.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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