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.
Modric No More a Full-Proof Starter for Real
The holder of Ballon d’Or on the bench, it has been a little more than a month until we discover who is going to be the next footballer for 2019 in the world. Till then, Luka Modric is going to be the holder of the award. However, it cannot be said that he is the sure-fire starter anymore under Zinedine Zidane.
Amongst the three ‘Clasico midfielders Casemiro and Kroos remain in the starting XI of Zidane without any doubt. Nevertheless, Modric has seen the grip on the third position of midfielder slip away. He did come on for the last thirty minutes in the match against Leganes. Yet, the score was 3-0 and the opposition has started thinking about the weekend. The substitution seems to have been made so that Kroos could get some rest instead of anything else.
RECAP OF CELTA VIGO VS REAL MADRID
Coming into the new season, there were all sort of problems for Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. pre-season had displayed a growing problem that the team has faced in the past two seasons, which was the lack of motivation and hunger.
Defeats to Atletico Madrid and Juventus had shown that the team was setting up for disaster this season, alongside the well-documented problems with Gareth Bale. The Welsh ace was rumoured to be closing in on a move to China with presidentFlorentino Perez pulling the plugs off the move in the last minute.
This was the backdrop of the team going into the game at Baladois against one of the tough opponents for any team away from home Celta Vigo.
However, when the chips were down, Real Madrid were able o come out trumps winning a grueling contest by 3-1. This was not the typical 3-1 victory, but a hard-fought game which was determined by teamwork in defence and individual brilliance in the attack.
Bale who has been maligned all summer came out of the block fastest and showed why he is a world-class player. Showing his famed acceleration, he sped past the Celta Vigo right back to place a sumptuous low drive for Benzema to finish.
Celta Vigo equalized at the end of the first half and the scores was tied heading to the break. However, the game would change with the sending off of Luka Modric early in the second half. Modric had been caught stamping on a player after a VAR review and was issued a red card.
This brought the best out of Madrid with Courtois making a vital save before Kroos scored a contender of the goal of the season. Lucas Vasquez made the game safe with a late finish to secure all three points for the Galacticos.
REAL MADRID TO SELL BALON D’ OR WINNER
Real Madrid are reportedly contemplating the sale of Croatia international Luka Modric as part of their summer clearout. According to Spanish tabloid AS Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane has put his approval on a transfer for the flamboyant midfielder.
The 33-year-old has been an ever-present in the starting line-up but has been ineffective this season. The current Balon d’Or winner has struggled to display the form that has seen him become one of the best midfielders in the past few seasons.
Modric has been a vital cog in the Madrid squad that has achieved successes in the past five seasons alongside Toni Kroos in the midfield. He has enjoyed a trophy-laden career at the Bernabeu winning four Champions League titles as well as theLiga BBVA title.
He was also awarded the best player at the 2018 FIFA World Cup where he led Croatia to their first appearance in the final.
However, at 33 he is in the twilight of his career and Zidane is looking to rebuild ahead of next season and wants players in their prime. The likes of Christian Ericksen and Paul Pogba have been linked to the club as possible replacements for the Croat.
It is understood that Zidane has met the Modric in which he revealed to him that he is not part of his plans for next season. Madrid have already moved to sign Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt and Eden Hazard is expected to be on his way from Chelsea/
Inter Milan are favourites to sign the midfielder with the Italian side coming close last summer to securing a transfer.
Inter Milan have already confirmed the signing of Atletico Madrid captain Diego Godin and Modric would be a decent signing for the club.
However, there could be other twist and turns that could occur between now and the end of the transfer window.
Croatia Allows Modric To Leave
This will be good news for Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane as his midfielder Luka Modric has been released from international duty by Croatia. This follows a negotiation between the Real Madrid manager and his Croatian counterpart. The player has been allowed to leave the national team after playing the first match against Peru and has been allowed to rejoin his club.