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Luka Modric Transfer Odds: Dream, realistic and wildcard options

Luka Modric has signalled his desire to stay at Real Madrid, but a new contract has yet to be signed — could the Croatian be playing his football elsewhere next season?

“It won’t take two minutes to reach an agreement. I’m not thinking about it right now. My wish is known and the club knows that.” — Modric

Modric has been a mainstay in the midfield for Real Madrid since he moved to the club in 2012. The midfielder has won everything there is to win, including four Champions League trophies, and appeared in the World Cup Final during his time with Los Blancos, but, at 36, he’s nearing the end of his career. 

He’s spoken of his intention to remain in Madrid and has indicated that Real just have to offer him the right terms and he’ll end his career at the Bernabeu. He’s been a fantastic servant to the club and all indications point to an extension.

However, stranger things have happened and if Modric does leave the club, he’ll certainly have some suitors. Let’s look at the dream, realistic and wildcard options for the Croatian.

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Dream: Tottenham (no odds at time of writing)

A move back to Tottenham is likely to be the only transfer that Modric would actively seek out. Modric spent four years at Tottenham, cementing his place as a legend at the North London club. He’d certainly be welcomed back with open arms by the Spurs faithful and he’d still be considered a first team player, even at 36. 

Wages could be an issue for the two sides, but a compromise would likely be made, paving the way for a return for the midfielder. As well as offering some experience and quality on the field, Modric would also be a leader off the pitch and would likely become a guiding hand for the emerging midfield talent at the club.

Realistic: Real Madrid (no odds at time of writing)

The most likely option for Modric is extending his stay at Real Madrid and a contract is expected to be finalised before the end of the season. There is huge mutual appreciation between the player and club, something that is likely to carry a lot of weight when it comes to the contract negotiations. 

Real Madrid look a little light in the centre of midfield and Modric extending his stay would certianlt help the side out in the short term. Longer term, Modric could assist, alongside Toni Kroos, in helping young players come through the ranks at Real.

All indications are that we’ll see Modric pulling on the iconic white strip next season, but if the two sides fail to agree on terms, the Croatian will be able to look back at his time at the club with immense pride.

Wildcard: Man City (no odds at time of writing)

A move to the reigning Premier League champions might not look very likely, but there have been some rumblings that Pep Guardiola would love to add Modric’s experience to the heart of his City side.

There are plenty of doubts about the move, however. Would Modric be willing to play for another Premier League side other than Tottenham? It doesn’t seem likely at this stage, but if Modric does leave Real Madrid and a move to Tottenham fails to materialise, it could be the Etihad that welcomes him with open arms.

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Will he stay at Real Madrid?

Almost certainly. At this point, it appears that Modric and Real Madrid are just working over the details of his contract and he’ll be plying his trade at the Bernabeu for a couple more years at least.


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