. After agreeing on a contract extension with Real Madrid, Luka Modric says there is no better feeling than playing for the Spanish giants. On Tuesday, Madrid announced that the Croatian international, who was set to become a free agent next month, had agreed to a new 12-month contract.
Since arriving from Tottenham for a fee in the range of €35 million (£28 million) in August 2012, the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner would have completed a decade of operation at the Santiago Bernabeu. Over that interval, he has won 16 club titles, including four Champions Leagues, and he is still a crucial player for Madrid at the age of 35.
Modric is said to have taken a salary cut to stay in Madrid, but he is thrilled to be staying with Los Blancos for at least another year.
What Has Been Said
He told Real Madrid TV, “I’m very pleased and proud to be at this club for another year. There’s nothing like playing for Real Madrid, and there’s nothing like playing at the Bernabeu. All aspire to play for Real Madrid, and I’ve had the good fortune to do so. I’ll be in my tenth year, and there’s nothing more rewarding than serving this fantastic club. Nine years of visions have passed, and the tenth season can be equally memorable.
It means a great deal to me. It makes me very proud, and it will mark the end of my almost 10-year tenure here. Wow, that’s incredible; I didn’t expect it. I came here when I was almost 27 years old. The last thing I wanted was to linger for so long at such a fantastic club. The expectations are very high here. You must always perform at the highest level to be considered for a position here. I’m thrilled and honored to be returning to this club for another year.”
Modric has made 391 appearances for Real Madrid, including 35 LaLiga appearances this season. No outfield player has played more for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season.
In LaLiga this season, Modric ranked fifth in attempted passes (2,210) and active passes (1,948) among midfielders. Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong leading both metrics (2,785 and 2,560 respectively).
Modric became the oldest player in the Champions League since Ryan Giggs in 2011. He assisted in three consecutive Champions League games earlier this year, proving that age is just a number.