Carlo Ancelotti admits Luka Modric's future is 'in his hands'

  • Modric scored the winning goal for Madrid on Sunday
  • The midfielder is entering the final few months of his current contract at the club
  • Ancelotti has discussed Modric's future
Modric scored on Sunday
Modric scored on Sunday / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that Luka Modric's Real Madrid future is in the player's hands as his current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu winds down.

The Ballon d'Or winner was heavily linked with a move to Saudi Arabia in 2023 and had been tipped to join ex-teammates Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in the cash-rich league. Despite the interest, however, Modric instead opted to extend his stay at Madrid for another season.

Since then, the 38-year-old midfielder has been used rather sparingly by manager Ancelotti, making just 11 starts in La Liga throughout the 2023/24 campaign.

Modric was once again subbed on late in Madrid's La Liga game at the weekend, coming off the bench with a quarter of an hour remaining in the clash with Sevilla at the Bernabeu. The midfielder proved to be a difference maker in his short time on the field, scoring a wonderful late goal to win the game for Madrid.

Luka Modric
Match winner / Mateo Villalba/GettyImages

Speaking to the press after the win, Ancelotti responded to questions about Modric potentially leaving the club in the summer.

"It's in Luka's hands what he wants to do," Ancelotti explained. "We have to wait for his decision.

"Out of respect for him, I can't give him advice. He knows perfectly well what he has to do. The quality of the minutes is more important than the quantity.

"It's complicated. It's hard to manage. I was once a player and went through it in my last year as a professional player. I would understand if Modric was a little bit upset if he is not playing. Everyone thinks he is at the end of his career, but I think he doesn't agree with that. He looks to be well, fresh. He's got legs. He doesn't seem like he is 38.

"He scored a great goal that allowed us to have another three points on the table. He shows everyone how hard it is for me to leave him on the bench.

"Not just for the goal he scored, but how he trains. He is an example to the whole squad. It's very complicated to leave him on the bench."