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Luka Modric eyeing one last Real Madrid contract extension

Tom Gott
Luka Modric wants to extend his stay in Madrid
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Luka Modric hopes to sign one more contract extension at Real Madrid to allow him to play at the new Santiago Bernabeu before he retires.

Now 36, Modric signed a one-year extension back in May and he remains a vital player at Real, although manager Carlo Ancelotti has been keen to control his minutes to ensure the ageing midfielder is fit towards the end of the season.

There's an awareness from both Modric and Real that the Croatian's career is slowly winding down, but according to AS, he hopes to keep going for at least one more year to experience life at the upgraded Bernabeu.

Modric's 'dream' is to head to the 2022 World Cup as a Real player and then play on the pitch at the new Bernabeu, which is expected to be opened in December 2022.

It's suggested that Modric is planning on hanging up his boots in the summer of 2023, so he is hoping to convince Real to give him one final contract extension so he can go out on a high.

Ancelotti is known to be a huge fan of Modric and sees him as a potentially pivotal player towards the end of the campaign, but he's under no illusion that the 36-year-old's body can only handle so much work these days.

It's for that reason that he was left out against Rayo Vallecano before the international break. Modric actually requested to miss the game to ensure he recovered from an illness, and Ancelotti did not hesitate to agree as he does not want to take any unnecessary risks with Modric.

He has been restricted to just seven La Liga appearances so far this season, with a handful of muscle injuries and his recent illness taking their toll.

There's no mention of whether Real would be interested in keeping Modric around for another season, but given he continues to be a key player when fit, it's hard to see them saying no.