Luka Modric, the iconic Croatian midfielder, finds himself in a disconcerting situation at Real Madrid. As he approaches 38, his role in the team has changed dramatically under Carlo Ancelotti, sparking constant debates in the Italian coach’s press conferences.
Ancelotti has opted for a more physical approach in the team, which does not favor Modric’s elegant and creative style of play. The question that arises is whether the player feels satisfied coming off the bench or whether he prefers to start in less important games. This is a crossroads that affects both the player and the team.
Luka Modric is an emblematic figure in the Real Madrid locker room and has been a fundamental pillar in the midfield. With 23 titles under his belt, the Croatian, despite having offered to leave in the summer, decided to stay one more season with the intention of continuing to contribute to the greatness of the club. However, his decision was conditioned by a clear premise: “I want to continue at Real Madrid, but only on merit,” Modric stated in mid-February, after earning a renewal thanks to his excellent performance.
His prominence has decreased a lot, but he will not go away
The club supported his stay, but overcrowding in midfield has led Modric to an unusual position for him throughout his career. Despite his discontent with not playing regularly, the Croatian continues to show great motivation and a strong desire to contribute to the team. His charisma and leadership in the locker room are invaluable and appreciated by everyone.
Carlo Ancelotti, in his attempt to explain Modric’s current situation, has praised his positive attitude and underlined the player’s importance both on and off the field. The Italian coach has also made it clear that Modric will not leave in January, indicating that Real Madrid deeply values the Croatian’s contribution.