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Real Madrid veteran will likely not extend his contract at the end of the season, a lot can still happen though



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In Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Federico Valverde, Real Madrid have a midfield sorted out for another decade after the incredible, unparalleled success of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Casemiro.

While Casemiro moved on in 2022 to join Manchester United on a €70 million move, Kroos and Modric are still at the club, fighting for their positions in midfield.

The former has been arguably Madrid’s best midfielder this season, having cemented his place in the team after a topsy-turvy season. Valverde and Camavinga are the other two players in this trident, with Tchouameni having to cover as a centre-back recently.

Unfortunately, this has meant that Modric finds himself on the bench quite often, being asked to come on in games to play fringe minutes.

“When I’m not sure he’s going to play, I don’t warm him up. I have to respect him,” Ancelotti said after the 1-2 win against Las Palmas, when Modric was not even asked to warm-up.

“When I’m sure he’s going to come on, I warm him up. But when I have doubts, no.”

In a difficult situation at the club, and with less than six months remaining on his contract, Modric’s future has been called into question.

Florian Plettenberg reports that Modric will likely not extend his contract at Real Madrid beyond this season. However, nothing is decided quite yet, and and sources claim that, ‘a lot can still happen’ before the season officially comes to a close.

The 37-year-old has several interesting offers from Europe and definitely a few from Saudi Arabia, which has had rejected last summer to continue at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He has played the second-least minutes of any midfielder in the team barring Dani Ceballos, and is frustrated with his situation. He prefers to keep a low profile, though, and will not vocally talk about it as it could impact the team’s morale.

Modric did not play any minutes in Madrid’s 0-1 win against RB Leipzig in the Champions League round of 16 first leg, but could return to the starting lineup this weekend as Ancelotti’s side face Rayo Vallecano away from home.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great



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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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