Croatian Luka Modric has been the heart of Real Madrid midfield this decade. Described as a failed acquisition in his first year in Madrid, the Croatian managed to overturn everything in the following seasons by showing his class and winning everything for Los Blancos, achievements that were rewarded last season by winning the Golden Ball being became the first footballer to break the dominance of the Ronaldo-Messi duo.
At the age of 34, Modric is playing his 8th season in the ranks of Madrid and is currently in the last year of his contract. This situation has brought rumors of a possible departure of him at the end of this season. The Golden Ball holder has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu over the last two seasons where teams like Inter and PSG have shown interest in him. However, this time, at the current age and with the contract at the end, it seems that the idea of his departure from Real Madrid seems more probable and it seems that the Croatian has the Italian championship as his preference.
In a recent statement to Sky Italia, Modric said:
"I like Italy, it is close to Croatia and I see it often the Italian championship as many of the national team mates play there. "Italians are also fantastic and have a similar mentality to us Croats."
"To see if one day I will play in Italy, I can not talk about it now because I am a Real Madrid footballer, I like to be at Real and at the moment I see my future here."
During his 8 years with Real Madrid, Modric has managed to win 1 La Liga and 4 Champions Leagues becoming part of one of the most successful periods in the history of the club as one of the main protagonists of these achievements. He also had a key role in the continuation of Croatia in the 2018 World Cup, where in the role of captain and the main footballer of the team he managed to lead his national team to the final of the competition.
This year the start of the season for him has been slower. Although his qualities can not be questioned, physical problems have made him play only 484 minutes out of 1440 total, ie 34% of the possible minutes and has been the starter in only 3 team matches in the Spanish championship. This has been seen by sports opinion as a sign that Modric is experiencing a decline and is heading towards the last years of his career, an argument that further reinforces rumors of a departure from Madrid.
Whatever his decision at the end of the season, Modric is already part of Real Madrid history. Maybe the competition in the Madrid camp is quite big, however Italian teams like Milan and Inter that are trying to strengthen their staff would welcome it with open arms. A footballer with Croatian experience and quality would undoubtedly be a great asset for these teams and Italian fans would have the opportunity to enjoy the game of another great champion in their stadiums.