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Real Madrid will wait until the end of the season to decide on midfielder’s renewal
Luka Modric once again showed his class and quality last night as Real Madrid breezed past FC Barcelona 4-0 in the Copa del Rey to set up a final date against CA Osasuna.
Despite being 37 years old, Modric continues to prove that he is still a key cog in this Real Madrid setup. That makes it all the more baffling that the club are yet to offer him a new contract.
Indeed, Modric’s current deal runs down at the end of the season and the midfielder is understood to be keen on continuing at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the current season. However, as things stand, Real Madrid have not made any offer to the Croatian international.
And according to Cadena SER, they will wait until the end of the season to decide whether to offer Modric a new contract or not.
As things stand, the stance that the club are maintaining is that of, “If you want to stay you will have to wait.”
This stems partly due to the uncertain situation surrounding manager Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian is not guaranteed to stay on at Real Madrid beyond the ongoing campaign, especially if he fails to win a major trophy.
It has led to links with various managerial candidates such as Mauricio Pochettino, Raul Gonzalez, and Julian Nagelsmann, among others.
So, until there is a clarity on who will be at the helm next season and what plans they have, Real Madrid want to hold off on offering new contracts.
This update comes amidst reports claiming that Modric was starting to grow uncomfortable over his contract situation at the capital club.
It will be interesting to see how Real Madrid deal with the issue moving forward and whether they are prepared to risk seeing Modric leave for free in the summer.
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Real Madrid winger has two future destinations on table for next season
Real Madrid set out on a mission to change the minds of Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernandez earlier this week. After all, all three players were contemplating a departure from the club for a gross lack of minutes.
Los Blancos’ latest approach seems to have impacted Ceballos’ position in a positive fashion. However, Fabrizio Romano reveals that it has not changed Marco Asensio’s mind.
According to the Italian journalist, the Spaniard will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season as a free agent.
Of the numerous options on his table, he sees Aston Villa and PSG to be the best bets. In fact, Villa have already submitted their opening bid for the player as revealed by Fabrizio Romano once again.
After a dramatic final day of action in the Premier League, Aston Villa finished in the European spots and will participate in the UEFA Conference League next season. While a move to the English club would be a steep step down, it will see Asensio receive regular playing time.
Paris-Saint Germain, on that front, appears the more probable destination. The French club are close to losing both Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr ahead of the new season, and Asensio would thus fit in as a starting quality winger. Moreover, they offer Champions League football.
The Spaniard’s role at Real Madrid this season has not been minor by any means considering his contributions. In 30 La Liga appearances, the 27-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists in addition to creating nine big chances and averaging 1.4 key passes per game.
However, that does not satisfy the winger who wishes to be a starter week in and week out. His departure in June appears to be now written in stone, and the club should feel hard done to not make a penny of his move.
Many in Los Blancos’ administration see Brahim Diaz as a direct replacement for the Spanish international if he leaves. Needless to say, the AC Milan star’s future will closely depend on Asensio’s situation.