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Real Madrid yet to reach final agreement with Luka Modric over contract renewal

Jude Summerfield
Modric remains a vital figure at Real Madrid
Modric remains a vital figure at Real Madrid / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Luka Modric is close to signing a new one-year contract extension with Real Madrid, though the two parties haven't quite reached a complete agreement yet.

The Croatia international may be long in the tooth at 36 years old, but he remains a crucial part of Carlo Ancelotti's squad and rolled back the years with a brilliant display in Real's 3-1 Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain during the week.

He signed a new extension before the start of the season but talks have been ongoing over another deal that would extend his stay at the Bernabeu.

Marca report that while a verbal agreement was reached earlier this year, negotiations haven't concluded and some of Europe's biggest teams remain interested in taking the former Tottenham midfielder.

However, it would take quite a turn for Modric to leave Madrid at the end of the season. The renewal is said to be 'taken for granted', though evidently negotiations haven't been as straightforward as they were last year.

Real also have to deal with the expiring contracts of Isco, Gareth Bale and Marcelo. Bale is almost certain to depart as a free agent, while Isco's time at the Bernabeu is also likely coming to an end.

Modric was brilliant against PSG, earning the praise of manager Ancelotti. He said: "They get better every day. I’m lucky enough to have them playing for this club. Karim [Benzema] got an injury and we struggled, but he’s back now.

"And Luka is still immense in every game. He’s doing a fantastic job wherever he plays, on the left, sometimes on the right, he’s making extremely valuable contributions.”

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