Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has reiterated his desire to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond next summer.
The 37-year-old’s contract with Los Blancos runs out at the end of the season, but there is currently no talks of an extended deal on the horizon.
Modric played a pivotal role in Madrid’s success last season as Carlo Ancelotti’s men raced to the La Liga and Champions League titles.
His performances earned him a one-year contract extension at the club, and despite approaching the twilight of his career, the Croat does not look like slowing down.
Modric has already made 31 appearances for Los Blancos this term, chipping in with six goals and three assists as Madrid look to defend their titles.
“About my new contract, I can’t tell you anything about it as I’ve not spoken to the club yet,” Modric said (via Daily Mail) when quizzed about his contract situation.
“You don’t have these conversations mid-season – I’m very relaxed. I’m not annoyed by it whatsoever.”
Madrid are looking to build a new midfield for the future and are chasing Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, who is seen as a direct replacement for Modric.
The Spanish giants are willing to go toe to toe with other potential suitors as they are keen to add the Englishman to their already star-studded midfield.
With Modric yet to sign a new deal, reports from Spain suggest the Croatia international’s future depends on Bellingham’s potential arrival at the Bernabeu.
However, Modric responded to the rumours, insisting on his desire to continue in the Spanish capital, but he wants it to be on merit.
“It’s a bit boring getting asked that question because it’s the same answer,” Modric added. “I want to carry on here, I want to stay, I feel good, and I want to continue as part of Real Madrid.
“I’d like to deserve to stay on my own merit, not that someone gives it on a freebie. No one has given me anything for free in my career, and I don’t want that to happen now.
“If the club want to give me a contract, then great, but only on merit, only on what I do now, not what I have achieved and my history. Let’s see what happens.”
- Chelsea interested in signing Barcelona full-back Alejandro Balde
- Everton’s new stadium three months behind schedule, £760m costs to increase
- FPL Double Gameweek 29: Five low-priced players to watch including Man United and Chelsea stars
- Manchester City striker Erling Haaland in race to be fit for Liverpool game
- Napoli striker Victor Osimhen to miss AC Milan clash with injury