Luka Modric Rejects Saudi Bid to Join Ex-teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, Croatian Adamant to Stay at Real Madrid

Considering the rapid evolution of football and how tactics are constantly changing, Luka Modric remains very relevant, and the fact that he’ll be spending the next 12 months still competing at the highest level possible makes him a role model for young midfielders like Jude Bellingham and Eduardo Camavinga to look up to.

Many players would justify their decision to move to Saudi Arabia as not being about money. However, it’s speculated that they’re likely not going there to get more competitiveness or Champions League medals. To be honest, some of them have earned that right. Both Ronaldo and Benzema have ten Champions League medals between them and won the competition four times playing together.

It is a laudable act that Luka Modric, one of the game’s most decorated and finest midfielders, has turned down the chance to earn more money in favor of top-flight football.

Luka Modric New Deal Confirmed?

It was always believed that Luka Modric would extend his 11-year stay at Real Madrid by another season. However, this belief was shaken by several bids from Saudi clubs tempting to bring the Real Madrid legend to the Middle East. He probably wouldn’t have been wrong to join; after all, some of the finest footballers in the world are now plying their trade in the Saudi Pro League.

Italian sports journalist Fabrizio Romano reported that Luka Modric has agreed to continue playing for Real Madrid for another year. It’s only a matter of when before the extension deal is announced. This is a big plus for football fans, as they’ll see the former Ballon d’Or winner in action for the most successful club in Europe for another season.

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Even with the trio of young midfielders in the books of Real Madrid, Modric is still set to play a major role as the team looks to compete on all fronts next season. Although the arrival of Jude Bellingham will likely affect Luka Modric’s game time, he’ll still have a role to play in the team.

Luka Modric Achievements with Real Madrid

Luka Modric joined Real Madrid in 2012 as a 27-year-old midfielder from Tottenham Hotspur. Although an established player, he was yet to realize his full potential. It wasn’t until he got to Real Madrid that he developed his all-round game, shaping him into a Ballon d’Or winner.

He has won 23 trophies for Real Madrid, including three consecutive Champions League titles under Zinedine Zidane in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Modric has 5 Champions League medals, 3 La Liga titles, 5 FIFA Club World Cup titles, 2 Copa del Rey titles, and 4 Supercopa de Espana titles to his name.

Luka Modric signs Real Madrid extension

He also came close to tasting World Cup glory in 2018 when Croatia faced France in the final. Mbappe and Co. would deny him that opportunity as they ran riots in the second half of the game, leaving Croatia with a 4-1 defeat.

Luka Modric said ‘NO’ to financial gains when it probably mattered the most. Do you believe he’s made the right decision? Let us know in the comments.


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