Modrić to Stay at Real Madrid Thanks to Golden Ball Clause in Contract?

Daniela Rogulj

Inter Milan’s dreams of bringing the captain of the Croatia national team over to Italy this summer might be fizzling, and fast. Luka Modrić could very well play his 8th season for Real Madrid.

Although his departure from Real Madrid has been speculated often as of late, forcing some of his fans to turn their backs on the 2018 best footballer in the world, Luka Modrić might just be staying at the Spanish giant thanks to a renewed contract. Specifically, Modrić should extend his current contract for a year, so that it will be valid until the summer of 2021, reports onMay 23, 2019. 

In the following days, Modrić should officially sign a new contract, which is the result of a sneaky clause in his old contract, stating that the club would extend their cooperation with the Croatian footballer if he won the Golden Ball. Modrić must have had an inkling he would win the honor to bravely slide the clause into his contract, guaranteeing the Croatian captain an additional year at the royal club. 

According to Spanish sports daily Marca, the Croatian representative has the maximum confidence in Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and will do everything in his power to return to the level he had last season and at the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Modrić will join Tony Kroos who also extended his contract this week with Real Madrid, although he was expected to be one of the players leaving the club. Kroos’s new contract is valid until 2023. 

Modrić played his seventh season in Madrid after repeatedly announcing that he returned mentally and physically exhausted from the World Cup, where he played in the final for Croatia.

Thanks to penalties against Denmark in the round of 16, followed by Russia in the quarters, England in the semis, and finally losing to France in the final, as well as receiving every award possible in 2018 for the best footballer in the world, Modrić ran on empty for Real Madrid this season. 

Recall, Real Madrid lost to in the semi-finals of the Cup to Barcelona and the round of 16 to Ajax in the Champions League. Last summer, Real Madrid was defeated by city rival Atlético Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.

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