Luka Modric says negotiations are “going in a good direction” with Real Madrid over a new deal.
The Croatia star’s contract expires at the end of the season, but rumors have suggested that a one-year extension agreement is in effect.
Following early questions on whether Martin Odegaard’s return could restrict his participation, the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner, now 35, has enjoyed a superb campaign for Madrid.
Nobody has scored more goals than Modric (four, equal with Casemiro) of the Madrid midfielders this season, while only Lucas Vazquez and Toni Kroos have produced more chances of scoring goals (30).
In the final third (451) of any Madrid midfielder this term, Modric also played the most effective passes, highlighting his attacking effect under Zinedine Zidane, while Odegaard struggled for minutes and Eden Hazard for fitness.
Modric indicated that he had plenty of football left before the Supercopa de Espana semi-final clash with the Athletic Club – and that it could be played in the Spanish capital.
He said of his contract negotiations, “I can’t say much. I’m speaking with the club and everything is going in a good direction. I haven’t changed anything in particular. I’m working a lot outside of training, I have the same desire to compete, the years are no problem at all.”
Similarly, the future of Sergio Ramos is uncertain and Modric was unable to give any hint of the captain’s plans.
“I can’t position myself at anyone’s side. Sergio is a friend of mine and I want the best for him, to be happy for him. It’s between the club and him. I can’t get myself involved.”