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Real Madrid Midfielder Pens One-Year Contract Extension: Good Move For Both Parties?

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Real Madrid have confirmed on their official website that Luka Modric has penned a one-year contract extension. The Croatia international will now remain with the Madrid giants until the end of the 2021-22 campaign (via realmadrid.com).

Modric’s Impressive Campaign At The Spanish Capital

Modric has enjoyed a decent season with Los Blancos after putting in several influential displays at the centre of Zinedine Zidane’s midfield. The veteran midfield ace has proven his worth by registering six goals and six assists in 48 matches for the Madrid outfit this term on all fronts.

The Croat midfield ace has influenced the game in both halves by averaging 1.1 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 1.3 shots, 1.4 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game in this La Liga campaign. Modric has even been excellent when distributing the ball from midfield, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 88.1% in the Spanish top tier (stats via whoscored).

The 35-year-old is still playing at a high level and would believe that he can give a good account of himself for one more season at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Even though he doesn’t start as regularly as he has done in the past, yet there is no denying his quality on the ball when he is playing well on the field.

Real Madrid's Modric pens one-year contract extension (Modric is seen in the picture)
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Modric Pens One-Year Contract Extension: Good Move For Both Parties?

Modric has got a great vision to pick out a killer pass in the opposition half and can still contribute by scoring some important goals for Zinedine Zidane’s side. His vast experience and ability to control the game in midfield make him a valuable presence in Real Madrid’s match-day squad. Despite losing a yard of pace from his game, the 136-time Croatia international has found other ways to contribute to his team.

Hence, Modric’s decision to pen a new one-year deal seems like a move that will benefit both parties as he will get another season to make his mark at the top level while Los Blancos can enjoy the services of a player of his skillset and expertise to challenge across multiple competitions in the upcoming campaign.

At 35, father time is catching up with Modric’s game but he remains a useful member of Zidane’s first team at the Spanish capital. The Croat sensation knows the Spanish club well by now and has won a lot of trophies with them in recent years. Hence, there is no denying that Modric’s contract extension will be a good move for both the player and the club in the short term.

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