‘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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