As Real Madrid’s ageing stars watched on from the touchline while their younger counterparts saw out a remarkable Champions League semi-final victory, it was evidence that the club’s immediate and longer term future may be in better shape than many critics have suggested.
None of Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos or Casemiro was on the pitch as the final whistle went on a 6-5 aggregate success over Manchester City that earned Carlo Ancelotti’s side a spot in Saturday’s final against Liverpool. Keep Reading
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Inter Milan centre back Alessandro Bastoni. This is according to the report from The Telegraph which stated that the North London giants have their eyes on the 22-year-old Italian international.
Spurs manager Antonio Conte wants to add a new centre back to his squad and Bastoni is said to be high on the list. Conte could only strengthen his squad in the centre midfield and attacking midfield positions during last month’s transfer window, but the expectation is that other areas such as defencewould be addressed in the summer. Tottenham Hotspur signed the duo of central midfielder Rodrigo Bentacur and DejanKulusevski. Uruguayan international Bentacur joined Spurs in a permanent deal, while Swedish winger Kulusevski signed for them on an 18-month loan deal with the option of making it a permanent deal. Keep Reading
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelottti was full of praises for veteran midfielder Luka Modric for his performance in midfield during the Madrid Derby clash with defending champions Atletico Madrid. Luka Modric pulled the strings in midfield as Real Madrid ran out 2-0 winners to strengthen their position as the top team in the Spanish La Liga.
In his post-match press conference, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was quoted as saying that Luka Modric was spectacular as he congratulates him on his performance.The Real Madrid boss also said that Luka Modric was excellent without the ball against rivals Atletico Madrid. Keep Reading
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is undoubtedly the star player of the Croatian senior national team but he was missing in all their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers this month. Luka Modric missed all the three qualifiers due to the muscle injury picked up while in club action last month. The petite midfielder opted to join up with the team despite the injury and Croatia were able to pick up two wins and one draw from the three qualifiers without him on the pitch.
Luka Modric is the Croatian national team skipper and he was absent as Croatia began their World Cup qualifiers this month with a goalless draw against hosts Russia. Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic then scored a late goal to give Croatia a slim 1-0 win at the expense of hosts Slovakia. Modric also missed the game against Slovakia. Keep Reading
As with other players in the Real Madrid squad, the Los Blancos midfielder Luka Modric has claimed that he is already looking forward to working with Ancelotti again after the Italian manager was confirmed as the club’s new manager. Ancelotti has been assigned to take over the managerial job at Madrid after Zinedine Zidane left his role as the club’s boss by mutual consent. Zidane, immediately after stepping down as Real Madrid manager, claimed that the main reason why he made the decision was that the club no longer showed faith in him so he had to take considerable action.
As at the time Zidane was deciding to step down from the Madrid job, Ancelotti was still managing Everton but he was immediately contacted by Madrid president Florentino Perez after Zidane’s departure. It will be the second time that Ancelotti will be the Real Madrid manager, and a couple of players in the squad, including Modric, are already buzzing to work with their former manager once again. Keep Reading
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has revealed that the Los Blancos will be prepared to fight for every available title next season after the Spanish La Liga giants failed to win a single silverware in the just-concluded football season. The Zinedine Zidane-led Madrid team came just one point short of winning the La Liga title on the last day of the season and lost the trophy to local rivals Atletico Madrid, thanks to the heroics of star striker Luis Suarez.
The club also managed to go as far as the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League this season and crashed out of the competition after losing to English Premier League club Chelsea over the two legs of the tie. Having also lost the Spanish Cup to Barcelona, it meant that they would have to finish the season without any single title for the first time in a long time. Keep Reading
The summer transfer window is going to be a decisive one for a lot of clubs and players as it is expected to have a lot of ins and outs, as clubs and players have already started getting prepared to be involved in the activities when the window opens. One of the players who have been linked with an exit from their current clubs is Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé.
The France international attacker has been strongly linked with a move to the Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid in recent months and with each week that passes, the rumors keep getting stronger, making the deal more likely to happen. Keep Reading
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has been named the thread best playmaker of the decade according to the list compiled by the International institute of Football History and Statistics (IIFHS). The decade under review from the IIFHS was from 2011 to 2020. Luka Modric is the Croatian national team skipper and he has been named the third best playmaker from the last decade from 2011 to 2020. Luka Modric finished third behindthe Barcelona legendary duo of Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi. For the fifth time, Argentine international playmaker has been named the best.
Barcelona hitman Lionel Messi previously won the award in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 before the latest announcement that he has won the award for 2021. In addition to winning the playmaker award five times, Lionel Messi has been named second on four occasions. The Barcelona Academy graduate came second in 2011, 2014, 2018 and 2020. Barcelona legends Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi played together for many years before the former left to sign for Vissel Kobe FC in the Asian country of Japan. Iniesta previously won the playmaker award twice in 2012 and 2013. Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos completed the top five for the IIFHS playmaker award. Keep Reading
Journalist Carlos Forjanes of Spanish newspaper AS recently revealed that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is using veteran player Luka Modric in a mentorship role for hot prospect Martin Odegaard at the club. Zidane has a lot of faith in Odegaard who’s back at the club this season after a successful spell at Real Sociedad last term.
Martin Odegaard was given a start in the first game of the season for Real Madrid, an away game at the home of surprise league leaders Real Sociedad. The Norwegian international couldn’t do much about the match which ended in a goalless draw.His Real Madrid progress was stopped by an injury recently but the 21-year-old has returned to action. Keep Reading
Luka Modric as spoken up on the controversial move of Gareth Bale to Tottenham. The Welshman completed a loan move during the final hours of the recent transfer window. This move was finally made after a reportedly troubled relationship with the coach and management of real Madrid. Gareth Bale who recently disclosed that Jose Mourinho was the reason behind his loan move was described as extraordinary by his former team-mate.
Modric said he has spent a lot of time with the winger, almost his entire career. He fondly remembered they played together for four years at Spurs before spending almost double of that at the Spanish capital. Modric says Bale is an amazing person. Keep Reading