Real Madrid gave Luka Modric an extra year on his contract on Monday. This kept the midfield together, which helped the team win a record-setting 14th European title this season.
The 36-year-old Croatian signed a new contract with the Spanish club until June 2023. He will return to play with Toni Kroos and Casemiro, who have helped Madrid win five Champions League titles in the last nine seasons.
Modric said on Twitter and Instagram, “Very happy to say that I will keep playing for the best club in the world.” “For the past 10 seasons, I’ve been living out a dream, and I’m still as excited and driven as the first day.”
Modric held up a club jersey with his name and the number 2023 while posing in front of Madrid’s 14 European titles.
Modric will play his 11th season with Real Madrid, which he joined in 2012 from the English club Tottenham. He helped Madrid win 20 titles, such as three Spanish leagues and five Champions Leagues.
No information was given about how much Modric’s new deal would pay. The end of this month was the last day of his current contract.
Madrid will keep Modric, but Kroos is 32 and Casemiro is 30, so the team is already looking to make changes in the middle.
Last season, Madrid brought in 19-year-old Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes. Now, 22-year-old Aurélien Tchouaméni from Monaco is about to sign a deal with Madrid. Camavinga and Federico Valverde, who is 23 and has been on the senior team since 2018, both played a lot this season.
Madrid saved money in recent transfer windows and is expected to improve its attack after Kylian Mbappé, a young French forward who chose to stay at Paris Saint-Germain instead of joining Madrid, was not signed.
Gareth Bale and Francisco Isco will not be with the Spanish club next season, and Marco Asencio is also likely to leave.
Madrid recently got Antonio Rüdiger, a central defender who used to play for Chelsea, for free to help improve its defense. Last season, it got David Alaba, a central defender who used to play for Bayern Munich. Marcelo, a veteran left-back, is leaving the team.
This season, Madrid won its 35th Spanish league title, which set a new record.