Luka Modric ‘ready to take a pay cut’ to extend his stay at Real Madrid beyond next summer with the Ballon d’Or winner wanting to finish career at the Bernabeu… but club chiefs are yet to discuss his future
- Luka Modric will take a pay cut to extend his stay at Real beyond next summer
- The Croatian midfielder has entered the final year of his contract at the Bernbeu
- The Spanish press claim Modric is desperate to stay put in Madrid
- However, Real chiefs are yet to discuss the 35-year-old’s future at the club
The 35-year-old has entered the final year of his current deal and will be allowed to talk with other clubs come January.
Luka Modric is ready to take a pay cut to extend his stay at Real Madrid beyond next summer
Spanish news outlet Marca claim the 35-year-old – who has entered the final year of his contract – wants to retire at Real Madrid
That means Modric would be ready to take a reduced salary just so long as he stays in the Spanish capital beyond next summer.
While the midfielder has laid his cards on the table, the club’s hierarchy appear to be keeping their own close to their chest.
The Spanish champions are often reluctant to hand veteran players new long-term deals and are yet to discuss Modric’s future at the club, the report goes on to claim.
Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vazquez also find themselves in similar positions to Modric with their current deals set to expire at the end of the season, too.
Ramos’ scenario will likely be different compared to Modric, seeing as he is club captain and is a year younger.
Modric also has competition for his place in midfield, with Fede Valverde seen as his long-term successor.
Fede Valverde (left) is seen as Modric’s long-term successor in the heart of Real’s midfield
The return of Martin Odegaard also offers Zinedine Zidane an extra option in midfield, putting Modric’s place in the starting XI under threat.
Modric made 31 La Liga appearances last season where he contributed three goals and eight assists to help them win the league title.
He has also featured in all four of Real’s games this season, with the club sitting top of the table with 10 points.