After Real Madrid recently officially confirmed a contract extension with the Croatian midfielder for one year, the upcoming European Luka Modric welcomes at least the short-term future. However, at the beginning of next season, he will be 36 years old, and behind him will be another exhausting summer spent in the national team. Just like the months of seeking status after winning the World Bank in 2018, Real Madrid has A ready replacement for the new coaches Ancelotti and Martin Odegaard.
What can Modric expect in Real Madrid next season?
At the end of last year, Luka Modric’s career at Real Madrid seemed to be slowly coming to an end. Modric turned 35 in September 2020 and entered the final season of his contract with the Royal Club. Last season (19th/20th), he played only 55% of the time on the court, which was the least since his debut season (12th/13th). Zidane then asked Florentino Perez to cancel the loan of Martin Odegaard, who played well at Real Sociedad and could stay there for another season.
Everything shows that last season will be a farewell to the Croatian. He has won 16 trophies since joining Real Madrid in 2012, but he no longer has the ability to contribute to the team at the highest level.
Nine months later, Modric ushered in one of the best seasons of his career, he signed a new contract, which will allow him to stay in Madrid for at least one season, and his substitute Martin O Degarde was on loan for the fourth consecutive year, this time at Arsenal.
Zidane immediately played in the first game of the 20/21 season. Decided to put Odego in the starting lineup, he got a lot of playing time in the next ten games. During that time, Modric played most of the time off the bench, and Real Madrid’s performance this season is not optimistic.
Modric played a sporadic role in the team as a 35-year-old player and became a mentor to young players like Odegard. The end of his career is quite anticipated. No one thinks this is a problem. Except for Luke.
The national derby also arrived in October, and Modric let him start on the bench. Real Madrid took the lead until the 69th minute, and then they needed someone to control the end of the game. He did a perfect job, and for the prize, he scored a goal at the end of the game. Since then, Modric has been one of his team’s few regulars in a season full of ups and downs. By the end of the season, he started every necessary game, and for Real Madrid, almost everything is like this.
For the 35-year-old Modric, until the end of the season, Modric’s playing time on the court is incredible. Among all midfielders over 30 in the 5 leagues, Modric’s playing time ranked fifth. In addition, of the five players in front of him, all are at least two years younger, and Modric is counted as 34 years old because he is 35 years old after the official start of the 2020/21 season. Even if all midfielders are taken into account, Modric’s playing time on the court is among the best regardless of age.
Modric’s level of quality playing so many minutes is even more impressive. Midfielders over the age of 30 who have played for a long time mostly play for clubs at the bottom of La Liga and Serie A. Along with Modric, only Dani Parejo, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic stood out from this group of players. The best club.
Despite the tight schedule and 35 years of burden, Modric once again ended the season as one of the best midfielders in the world. However, in all this, it is not clear what happened to Modric’s unsuspecting substitute Martin Odegard after the first few games.
Martin Odegaard came to Madrid from Stromsgodset, Norway in 2015 when he was only 15 years old. Neither the two seasons with Real Madrid B team nor the one on loan at Heerenveen convinced the management, coaches and fans that Odegaard was capable of playing in the first team. In the summer of 2018, he was loaned to the Eredivisie again, this time to Waiters. There, he made his first major breakthrough in senior football. 11 goals and 12 assists are not enough for Real Madrid’s first team, but enough to stay in the club. Obviously, Odegard needs time to gradually grow into what everyone expects of him. Real Madrid decided to test him in the Spanish Championship, so he was loaned to Real Sociedad another time. It finally exploded in San Sebastian.