Luka Modric Determined to Remain at Real Madrid Despite Limited Playing Time:
Real Madrid’s ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric has turned down interest from Premier League giants Manchester United to remain at the LaLiga champions, according to recent reports.
The 38-year-old has seen limited game time this season, making just 6 starts across competitions and often coming off the bench. With his contract expiring next summer, Manchester United were eager to sign Modric in January to reinforce their midfield.
Despite limited playing time, Modric is determined to remain at Real Madrid, where he has become a club legend since joining from Tottenham in 2012. “I have zero interest right now in the winter market. My idea is to continue at Real Madrid,” Modric stated, dismissing transfer speculations.
In his trophy-laden Madrid career, Modric has made over 500 appearances, scoring 37 goals and providing 78 assists. He has helped the club lift 5 UEFA Champions League titles, 3 LaLiga titles, 1 Copa del Rey and multiple other honors. But at 38, Modric is approaching the twilight of his illustrious career, although he hopes for more minutes as the season progresses.
After departure of Karim Benzema to Al-Ittihad, manager Carlo Ancelotti often deployed Rodrygo centrally. However, the youngster failed to influence games and saw his performances dip amidst the tactical shuffle.
After being granted more freedom to play wide again recently, Rodrygo has netted 3 goals and contributed 3 assists in his last 2 outings.
Reflecting on his struggles, Rodrygo conceded playing as a number 11 was challenging but took accountability for his dip in form. “It was a new position and I was adapting. Now Ancelotti is giving me more freedom and I can play on the wings a bit more,” he commented.
While willing to play wherever required, Rodrygo admitted he is most comfortable on the wing where he can fully utilize his dribbling and pace.
Real Madrid currently sit 2nd in LaLiga standings with 32 points, Barcelona are 2 points behind Real Madrid, where Girona tops the chart by 34 points after 13 matchday. In the Champions League, Barcelona dominates the Group H and Real Madrid tops the Group C.
Their squad boasts a blend of seasoned winners like Modric and talented youngsters like Rodrygo. This balance could be key to more silverware this campaign. But keeping both players content and performing in their optimal roles is crucial.
Veteran midfielder Toni Kroos’ return to fitness will give Ancelotti more options to rotate his midfield. Joselu has also shown good start at Madrid after getting him on loan from Espanyol.
As Benzema left for Saudi club, Ancelotti may continue deploying Rodrygo centrally at times to boost his attacking options. But long-term, the Brazilian’s future likely lies on the flanks.