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Real Madrid veteran will continue playing international football until UEFA Euro 2024



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Following Croatia’s defeat to Spain in the UEFA Nations League final this past Sunday, there have been a lot of speculations surrounding the international future of Real Madrid legend Luka Modric.

At 37 years old, the Croatia captain continues to be their best player and was head and shoulders above the rest in the semi-finals and the finals of the Nations League earlier this month, but could not guide his team to the elusive glory.

Given that he still plays regularly at a high level at Real Madrid, there have been concerns about him suffering from burnout if he continues playing with the national team.

But, according to an exclusive report from 24Sata in Croatia, Modric has decided to continue playing international football until the UEFA Euro 2024 next summer in Germany.

Following the defeat to Spain on Sunday night, the 37-year-old midfielder had spoken out about his international future, but had refused to give much away, saying:

“My future with the national team? I have decided my future, I am clear about it but I’m not going to say it today.”

Given the fitness levels he has maintained and the way he continues to perform on the field, it does not come as a surprise that Modric wishes to keep on representing his national team until the European Championships next year.

The midfielder has come agonisingly close to winning a trophy with the Vatreni, but has failed to win one yet.

Indeed, Modric led Croatia to the runners-up spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a third-place finish in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and another second-place run in the UEFA Nations League this year.

The 37-year-old Real Madrid legend will hope to break that hoodoo and go all the way in the Euros next year and call time on his international career by leading Croatia to a much-deserved trophy.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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