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Carlo Ancelotti addresses Luka Modric’s contract situation

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has admitted to holding personal talks with Luka Modric regarding the midfielder’s increasingly uncertain future at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Luka Modric’s contract will expire in the summer, and negotiations for new terms have stalled, with the 38-year-old reportedly dissatisfied with his limited playing time.

The veteran Croatian, who has been linked to Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami in recent months, has mostly been relegated to cameo appearances off the bench this season. Ancelotti has favored younger options alongside Madrid’s other experienced midfielder, Toni Kroos.

As Real Madrid prepares for Sunday’s match against Rayo Vallecano, Ancelotti has once again been questioned about Modric’s restricted role at the club this season.

“I have talked about this topic many times with you and with him once. Enough,” Ancelotti replied.

“Obviously for someone used to playing almost every game, or all of them, it’s hard, it’s difficult for him to sit on the bench. I respect and understand it perfectly. But his behaviour is very professional, serious, training, fighting. He is available and can play in any game, including tomorrow’s [against Rayo].

“And He continues to contribute the same as he did before, when he played every game. He is a highly respected figure and an example of how he should be a professional. Every day he trains hard and, if he doesn’t play, he contributes what he contributed before. He continues to be a reference for the squad.”

Ancelotti¬†discussed Madrid’s decision to offer their older players like Modric, rolling one-year contracts, adding: “The club’s policy has been that, in recent years, with the legends who have one year left on their contract: Kroos, Nacho…everyone. I spoke with Luka about this topic a month ago and everything is quite clear between the two of us.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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