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Carlo Ancelotti: 'Luka Modric's Real Madrid future is in his hands'

Ancelotti: 'Modric's Real Madrid future is in his hands'
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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti claims that Luka Modric will make the final the decision on his future at the club, with the midfielder's contract expiring in June.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that Luka Modric will make the final the decision on his future at the club.

Speculation over the future of the 38-year-old midfielder at the Santiago Bernabeu is rife, as he is due to see his current contract expire at the end of the season.

Modric has earned legendary status during his 12-year spell with Los Blancos, contributing with 39 goals and 83 assists in 517 appearances as well as winning a total of 23 trophies.

The five-time Champions League winner has been a mainstay in Real Madrid's midfield up until this season when he has been forced to settle for a reduced role under Ancelotti.

Indeed, Modric has started only 16 of his 29 appearances in all competitions so far this term, including just 11 starts in La Liga.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti reacts on February 4, 2024© Reuters

Modric continues to show his worth to Los Blancos, though, as he came off the substitutes' bench to net a stunning 81st-minute winner in a narrow 1-0 home victory over Sevilla in La Liga on Sunday.

After the match, Ancelotti talked up the qualities of veteran star Modric and issued a fresh update on his contract situation at the club.

"It's complicated. It's hard to manage. I was once a player and went through it in my last year as a professional player," the Italian told reporters as quoted by Reuters.

"I would understand if Modric was a little bit upset if he is not playing. Everyone thinks he is at the end of his career, but I think he doesn't agree with that. He looks to be well, fresh. He's got legs. He doesn't seem like he is 38.

"He scored a great goal that allowed us to have another three points on the table. He shows everyone how hard it is for me to leave him on the bench.

"Not just for the goal he scored, but how he trains. He is an example to the whole squad. It's very complicated to leave him on the bench."

Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates scoring their first goal with Lucas Vazquez on February 25, 2024© Reuters

Discussing Modric's future at a post-match press conference, Ancelotti added: "It's in his hands, whatever he wants to do. We will just wait for him to make his decision.

"From the respect that I have for him, I can't give him advice. He's very intelligent, he knows what to do. I can't get into his head and see what he thinks.

"His behaviour and how he trains is perfect. I have affection for him. Staying to make an impact off the bench, I don't know. It's difficult to understand that the quality of the minutes is more important than the quantity."

Ancelotti has also revealed that the ball is in the court of both Toni Kroos and Nacho Fernandez regarding their futures at Real Madrid, with the duo, like Modric, out of contract this summer.

"Modric, Kroos, Nacho, are all in the same future," Ancelotti added. "It's a technical issue for the club, who will fix everything in the next few months."

Nacho, who was appointed Real Madrid's captain last summer following the exit of Karim Benzema, recently insisted that he is "very happy" at the club, but a decision on his future has not yet been made.

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