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‘Why would I leave when Madrid clearly still wants me to stay’ – Luka Modric

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Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has made clear that he would like to remain at the club, with his contract currently set to expire next summer. The 35-year-old joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for 35 million euros in 2012, and during his time in the Spanish capital he has played a total of 347 games and won 17 trophies for the club.


Modric is currently on international duty with Croatia, where he briefly discussed his Real Madrid future. “It’s the same as with the national team. I go from match to match and then we’ll see what happens,” he said.

“Of course I’d like to stay at Real Madrid. However, I am aware that I am at a certain age and the club must do the best for everyone. As long as I feel that I am an important part of Real Madrid, I would like to stay. When that is no longer the case, I will look for new challenges”. However, this issue is not yet on the agenda”.

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Ahead of Croatia’s Nations League match against Sweden on Sunday evening, which comes four days after Modric came on as a substitute in a 2-1 friendly win against Switzerland, the midfielder emphasised his commitment to the Croatia shirt. “I don’t want to set any limits or dates for myself,” Modric stated.

“I’m going from match to match and I’ll see how I feel both physically and mentally. As long as I feel good, I want to play for the national team.” Modric made sure to thank Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic after he was allowed to miss the internationals in September in order to do pre-season with Real Madrid. “I feel very good. Thanks to coach Dalic for letting me go through the pre-season with Real Madrid,” he said.

“This is extremely important for a player of my age because if you don’t do pre-season, it is difficult to return to the correct rhythm.” With regard to the match against Sweden, Modric is firm in the belief that Croatia will need to leave everything out on the pitch. “Two big matches [against Sweden and France] are waiting for us in the space of three days and we will need all the players to be at a high level,” he said. “It is difficult to predict how many points we will get, but we play at home [against Sweden], in front of the fans and we are always going to go for the win.”


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Croatia confident Modric will play at Euro 2021, says Davor Suker


Davor Suker has expressed his confidence that Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric will still lead Croatia out at the European Championship next summer, despite the fact he’ll be close to his 36th birthday.

The former Tottenham star skippered his country to the World Cup final back in 2018, with his performances seeing him claim the Ballon d’Or that year – the first player other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to win the award since 2007.

The 34-year-old has seen his game time limited at Madrid in the 2019-20 season, making 14 starts in La Liga as Zinedine Zidane seeks to rotate him with the likes of Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

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UEFA announced in March that Euro 2020 would be pushed back a year due to the coronavirus outbreak, leaving question marks over the involvement of many players in their late thirties.

But legendary former striker Suker, who is now the president of the Croatian Football Federation, is sure that Modric will still be in a position to feature for his country at the rescheduled Euros.

He told Goal: “I’m sure that he will be at his best level. He is our captain, and he still plays very good football. He showed that in our recent games, and with Real Madrid.

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“I’m sure that he will be our leader next year, in the same way that he did in Russia.”

Croatia finished top of the qualification group for the Euro finals, ahead of the likes of Wales and Slovakia, and Suker is sure they are capable of having similar success in 2021 as they did in Russia in 2018.

“This is what allowed [Croatia head coach Zlatko] Dalic, Modric, [Ivan] Rakitic and others to have the respect of the whole world. Croatia plays with this mentality.”

Suker also praised UEFA’s decision to move the competition and is pleased that Croatia, and other international teams, have extra time to prepare and potentially select players that are currently injured.

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The former Real Madrid forward added: “It was a good decision. It’s important for us to play this competition in the best conditions. It allows us to have one more year to be prepared, and recover injured players. And it’s the case for all the participants.”

Commenting on the coronavirus situation that has halted football across the globe, Suker is hopeful that the top-flight in Croatia will be able to get underway soon and that they will not have to cancel the 2019-20 season, as has happened in Holland.

“Health issues come first, and then football. The decision was made to postpone the leagues but we have to think about how to resume. And that’s why we’ve taken decisions, such as testing before games.

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“Every week, we will carry out tests. Of course, all these issues are important for all clubs, leagues and national associations and TV rights are also a big issue.

“We will do everything possible to avoid Covid-19, in addition to the decisions we’ve already made, and with the help of the authorities. In Croatia, the government has made some great decisions and we will hopefully play very soon.”


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Odegaard’s future at Real Madrid depends on Modric


Whilst we’re still waiting to find out just when the 2019/20 season can return, Real Madrid have turned their attention to the respective futures of Luka Modric and Martin Odegaard, and it appears as though the two are intrinsically linked.
Odegaard has been one of the best players in LaLiga Santander at Real Sociedad this season, and he had agreed to stay with La Real for two seasons on loan.

However, such has been his exceptional form, many believe that it was a formality that Los Blancos would recall him a year early in the summer.

At this moment in time, the situation is that if Modric decides to stay in the Spanish capital, then Odegaard will spend a second season in San Sebastian, but if the Croatian leaves, then Odegaard is set to return to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid have a number of decisions to make over sales this summer, with Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Mariano Diaz all likely to be up for sale, however their significant salaries will likely put teams off in a new economic climate caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Modric has one season remaining on his contract, and his performances have dropped over the past 12 months, but there are clubs interested in signing him.

A few months ago, Modric was quite close to committing to AC Milan, but the departure of his close friend, Zvonimir Boban, from his position of director of football has put that on hold.

Another possibility if Modric wants to change club is Inter Miami in MLS, with David Beckham still trying to bolster his squad in his team’s expansion year.


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