Luka Modric has had a fantastic nine years at the Bernabeu, and his new deal will give him the opportunity to win more trophies with the Blancos when he turns 36 in September; the midfielder is expected to play for Croatia against England and Scotland at the Euros.
The news was confirmed on Tuesday morning, with the Croatian playmaker signing a new contract extension through June 30, 2022. Modric was poised to become a free agent this summer, but he has agreed to extend his stay in the heart of Real Madrid’s midfield for another year.
Modric joined Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2012 for £30 million ($43 million) and has since made 391 appearances for the Blancos in all competitions. In addition to four Champions League titles, two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, and three FIFA Club World Cups, the Croatian international has 28 goals and 16 assists.
Taking to Twitter to express his happiness at his new deal, the 35-year-old wrote: ‘Happy and proud to continue wearing the jersey of the best team in the world. #HalaMadrid.’
Meanwhile, Madrid is willing to listen to offers for attacking trio Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, and Luka Jovic this summer. If Modric continues to play an important role in Real Madrid’s side next season, there’s a good possibility he’ll get another contract extension, but if not, he’ll have plenty of other alternatives, having lately been connected with Inter and MLS team D.C. United.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) May 25, 2021
Following the signing, he was presented with a jersey with his name and the number 2022 on the back. The translation for the tweet: