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Real Madrid director provides update on Luka Modric contract negotiations

Tom Gott
Luka Modric has six months left on his contract
Luka Modric has six months left on his contract / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno appears to have confirmed that midfielder Luka Modric has agreed to a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 35-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season, although Modric has been in talks over a possible extension for what feels like an eternity after first voicing his desire to pen a new deal back in the summer.

Modric hopes to stay at Real
Modric hopes to stay at Real / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Rumours of an agreement over a new one-year extension for Modric were first reported by Marca back in December, and although there has yet to be any official announcement, it is thought that the deal is all but done.

Modric remains a key player for Real and picked up an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over Alaves, after which Butragueno suggested he was certain that the Croatia international was staying at the club for the foreseeable future.

"There are players like Modric who make this sport better," Butragueno said. "His pass to [Ferland] Mendy in the first half was a fine thing. It's a luxury for us to have him.

"He's given us so much; he's still giving us so much and he'll continue to do so."

The victory over Alaves was Modric's 368th appearance for Real since his £30m move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012, and it seems like there will be a few more to add to that tally before Modric leaves the Bernabeu.

The win helped ease some of the pressure on manager Zinedine Zidane, who wasn't even in attendance after testing positive for COVID-19. The Frenchman's future has come into question following poor defeats to Athletic Club and Alcoyano, but Butragueno pledged his support for Zidane.

Zidane is under pressure again
Zidane is under pressure again / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

"Everyone knows what Zidane means for us," Butragueno added. "What we want is for him to get back to being with us as soon as possible.

"We know what football is like, we've been through it for many years. When the team isn't winning, we have to listen to comments and rumours of all types. We have to be united and work hard."

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