Former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric says that he cannot wait to get back into the pitch after recovering sufficiently from his injury problems. The Croatian man has been a major absentee in the Madrid midfield over the last few months.
He was heavily linked with a return back to the Premier League during the summer – despite being in the best form of his life – but it appears that he is certain to stay at Madrid for the upcoming years. He recently posted a message saying that the club can look forward to seeing him on the pitch sooner rather than later.
Due to the incredible squad strength, Carlo Ancelotti has not really missed Modric except in a few matches. The club also signed Lucas Silva from Brazilian outfit Cruzeiro in the January transfer window for close to £ 10 million. Read more »
Carlo Ancelotti says that he expects midfielder Luka Modric to start training in one month with a potential return date set at the start of February.
The Croatian midfielder has been sidelined for the last few weeks after sustaining an injury while on international duty. This injury has introduced some misunderstanding between Real Madrid and Croatia boss Niko Kovac. Even though Modric sustained his injury in an important Euro 2016 qualifying match against Italy, Ancelotti reckons that the 29 year old could have been monitored properly. Kovac, on the other hand, has suggested that Madrid have not provided Modric enough rest and have used him in every match.
Putting behind those issues, Real Madrid are expecting the midfielder to start training in the middle of January. Ancelotti says that the player is recovering well, but a scan tomorrow will probably reveal the true extent of the recovery he has made. Modric has been in superior form over the last 18 months. He contributed heavily for the club’s Champions League winning team, while this season he has scored one goal and created two goals in 10 league appearances. In his absence, Ancelotti has had to depend on players like Asier Illarramendi, who are not seen as first-team regulars.
“Until now he’s been having physiotherapy.His scars are healing well. Tomorrow he’ll have a scan and then another one at the end of the year.Things have gone well until now. He won’t be back soon, but he will start training in the middle of January,” said Ancelotti. Madrid have set a new record of 20 consecutive victories in all competitions. They have managed to do this even without the services of Modric and one expects the club to improve even more upon the return of the Croatian midfielder. Ancelotti has ruled out new signings in January.
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Luka Modric has been provided a 4-year contract extension at Real Madrid. He will now remain at the club till the 2017-18 Season.
There have been quite a few changes in the midfield of Madrid this summer with the likes of Kroos and Rodriguez coming in, while, Alonso and Casemiro going out. But, Modric is still there which shows how vital the club management considers him.
Madrid had been benefitted immensely by Modric’s terrific playmaking abilities the previous season. The consistency of the Croatia international was one of the big factors behind the club’s continental victory.
Modric’s versatility gives Carlo Ancelotti the opportunity to try out different combinations. The 28-year old is capable of playing in aggressive as well as holding role.
Although, he seems to be at ease playing slightly up but, he does a job for his manager when he is asked to play deep as well.
Many a time last season, Modric showed how good he is against the teams having congested defences. He has that special ability to get through the lines and create opportunities for the front line of his team and with the kind of attacking combination Madrid plays with, rarely a scoring opportunity goes begging.
So, Modric holds a key position in Madrid’s line up.
Of course, the new signing Toni Kroos is also a similar kind of player in the sense that he is also versatile, but, still, given the kind of performances Modric put up in 2013-14 La Liga, it’s him who would be the manager’s go-to man in any tricky situation this season and a new contract to him is an acknowledgement of the fact that Ancelotti sees him as one of the anchor players around whom a young Madrid team is to be built.