Luka Modric ‘WILL extend his deal at Real Madrid until 2023 in the coming weeks… with Croatian midfielder hoping to open talks before the end of the calendar year’
- Luka Modric signed a one-year extension in May to take him through until 2022
- MARCA claim the 36-year-old is hoping to open talks about a similar contract
- Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly keen to see the Croatian stay
- Modric is keen to lead his country at the 2022 Qatar World Cup next winter
Luka Modric is set to extend his deal at Real Madrid until the end of the 2022-23 season in the coming weeks, according to reports in Spain.
The Croatia midfielder – who joined the Spanish giants from Tottenham in 2012 – only signed a new one-year deal in May this year to take him into a ninth season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
But MARCA now claim the 36-year-old is hoping to open talks about a similar deal with Madrid chiefs before the end of 2021.
Luka Modric will reportedly extend his deal at Real Madrid until the end of the 2022-23 season
MARCA claim Modric is hoping to begin talks with Madrid before the end of the calendar year
Modric remains an integral part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, having recorded three assists in 11 matches across all competitions so far in this campaign.
The Italian boss is also reportedly keen to see the Croatian star extend his stay beyond June, with Madrid expected to continue their policy of only offering 12-month contract extensions to players above the age of 30.
The same report also adds Modric is keen to lead his country at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, which they dramatically qualified for on Sunday courtesy of a late own goal from Russia’s Fedor Kudryashov.
It saw Croatia leapfrog the Russians into top spot in Group H and qualify automatically for Qatar.
Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly keen to keep the 36-year-old midfielder beyond June
The Croatia international is also keen to lead his country at the Qatar World Cup next winter
Modric’s desire to play at a fourth World Cup next winter and sign an extension with Madrid so that he can play when the Bernabeu re-development is completed next year are described as ‘dreams’ by the Spanish publication.
The 36-year-old took Croatia to the final of the World Cup the last time it was played three years ago in Russia, just a couple of months after winning the latest of his four Champions League medals with Madrid.
His achievements that year helped him to end the dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or, winning the award in December 2018.
Modric has scored 28 goals in 402 appearances for Los Blancos and has also won LaLiga twice as well as the 2013-14 Copa del Rey during his time in Spain.
Modric won the Ballon d’Or after the last World Cup in 2018, when Croatia reached the final
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