Real Madrid Midfielder Luka Modric is likely to leave the Spanish giants in 2024 to join the lucrative Saudi Pro League.
Over the summer, the 38-year-old extended his Blancos contract until the end of the 2023-24 season, having continued to shine for Carlo Ancelotti’s side despite his advanced age.
Conversely, Modric has become less prominent in the Bernabeu midfield hierarchy this season as a result of Jude Bellingham, England’s rising star, providing more competition.
This season, the 20-year-old has led the Blancos midfield, frequently forming a triumvirate with Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, and Tchouameni.
Consequently, Modric and fellow senior player Toni Kroos have often been benched. The former has also been forced to start. He has only made six starts this season despite playing in 15 games and providing one assist.
With Tchouameni out for the season with a fractured foot and Camavinga out for the season with a torn knee ligament, Modric will be expected to make more starts as the holiday season approaches, but he is no longer Ancelotti’s preferred option in the center of the park.
Modric’s agent recently refused to rule out a January departure for the Croatia international, who will be free to enter pre-contract talks with foreign clubs once the winter transfer window opens, at which point he will be in the final six months of his contract.
Vlatka Peras, the president of Dinamo Zagreb’s board of directors, has confirmed that his club will try to bring Modric back to the club he represented between 2001 and 2008.
When his Real Madrid contract expires in 2024, the former Tottenham player intends to join the Saudi Pro League revolution.
Real Madrid Midfielder to head for Saudi Club in 2024?
An unnamed Middle Eastern club reportedly tried to entice Modric with a three-year deal worth €120 million (£105m) per year. However, the midfielder declined because he felt he still had unfinished business at Real Madrid.
Modric’s lack of starts this season has caused him to reconsider his options. The former Ballon d’Or winner believes that the Saudi Pro League opportunity is too good to pass up.
Real director Jose Angel Sanchez declared at the most recent La Liga general assembly that “we have no open negotiations with the Saudi Arabian League for a possible departure in January, nor any intention to sell him at this time.” Tchouameni and Camavinga’s injuries rule out a January departure.
Instead, the report claims that Modric and Real will say their final farewells at the end of the season. Although it is unclear which Saudi Pro League club is the frontrunner in the race to sign him.
Modric has played 503 times for Real Madrid since joining from Tottenham in 2012 for €35 million (£30.7 million). He has record of 37 goals and providing 78 assists since his arrival at Madrid.
During his time in the famous white strip, the 38-year-old has won 23 major honours. This includes five Champions League titles, the 2018 Ballon d’Or, and the UEFA Best Player in Europe award.