Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is willing to take a wage cut in order to sign a new deal with the club, with his current contract due to expire in 2021.
Modric made a slow start to the 2019/20 season for Real, with his place in the starting lineup coming under threat as a result. However, the Croatian's form picked up as the season progressed, particularly following the resumption of play in June. Modric's form towards the end of the campaign was crucial to helping Los Blancos secure the league title in impressive fashion.
The 34-year-old's contract is due to expire next summer, but AS report that he is keen to extend his stay at the club. However, as he fast approaches 35 years of age, the circumstances have changed and Los Blancos are wary about handing him a new contract with the same wages he is currently on. Modric is aware of this though and he is 'willing' to take a wage cut in order to make the negotiating process a smooth one.
The former Tottenham midfielder signed a contract extension back in 2018 to see him become one of the club's very top earners, but that will change should he put pen to paper on a contract extension at Real.
Considering Modric's age, Zinedine Zidane has already taken steps to freshen up his midfield for next season. Martin Odegaard - who joined Real Sociedad on a two-year loan last summer - is set to return to the Bernabeu this summer ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. Zidane has spoken with the Norwegian and has assured him that he will be part of his first team plans.
Odegaard is expected to compete with Modric for a starting spot in Zidane's preferred 4-3-3 formation next term. AS note that Odegaard could be the man to replace Modric in the starting lineup, but a new deal for the Croatian will take the pressure off the returning Odegaard and allow him to grow into the role more gradually.