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Real Madrid veteran will leave the club at the end of the season – report

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Days after Luka Modric scored the winning goal for Real Madrid against Sevilla, a report from AS (h/t RM4Arab) has emerged, quoting that the veteran Croatian will leave the team once his contract expires at the end of the season.

Modric, 38, is in his 12th season with Real Madrid and everything indicates that he will leave upon the end of his contract.

Right now, the veteran midfielder has already been contacted by Carlo Ancelotti as the Italian wants him to join his coaching staff but as reported before, Modric has respectfully rejected the proposal as he wishes to continue playing.

So what next for Modric?

As of today, there are only speculations and nothing concrete. During the January transfer window and even last summer, several Saudi league sides approached the Croatian with heavy contracts, but he decided to stay put upon being asked by Ancelotti.

Luka Modric will leave Real Madrid in June. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

The 2023/24 season, however, hasn’t panned out as well as he would have hoped. He might have played 29 games across all competitions but hasn’t even clocked 800 minutes. In fact, the 38-year-old has started in just two his last five appearances for the team.

As a result, several teams have already been linked with his acquisition once his contract ends, among which are said to be Inter Miami from the Major League Soccer.

A sweet homecoming for Modric?

Apart from that, his former side Dinamo Zagreb are also willing to welcome him back, as quoted by the club president Mirko Barisic himself. Back in September, the club delegate mentioned that he would talk to Modric in January, but no details have been made public after that.

“He is in the last year of his contract, I will call him this winter, of course,” said Barisic back in September. 

So how could Dinamo not want Luka Modric back? I can’t say that I am in constant contact with him, but I know members of his family.

“It would make sense for him to return to Dinamo at the end of his career, why not? Dinamo will certainly do everything in its power to make it happen. Now, whether that will be enough, we will see,” he added.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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