Real Madrid reportedly want Luka Modric to take another paycut

Real Madrid, Luka Modric (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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Luka Modric has been one of Real Madrid‘s most important players this season. Even at the age of 36, he is the seventh most-used player by the manager Carlo Ancelotti, and there haven’t been any signs of decline in the Croatian’s gameplay.

Modric still has that mentality and desire to win, something which is expected from a player who plays for Real Madrid. He is a highly respected player in the dressing room, and he has been a player that commands the respect of those sitting in the Real Madrid offices as well.

The former Ballon d’Or winner’s contract is ending this summer, and there hasn’t been any confirmation of his renewal yet, but there is absolutely no tension regarding his situation. Everything indicates a certain renewal, and a one-year extension would make perfect sense, considering the level at which he’s playing and his fitness.

A report from Gianluca Di Marzio suggests that Real Madrid indeed wants Luka Modric to extend his contract for another year, but they also want him to take a pay cut. According to the Italian journalist’s report, Modric lowered his wages from 12.5 million euros pre-COVID to 11.25 million euros in his last renewal. But the club wants him to further lower his wages, while the Croat’s entourage wants the club to pay his pre-COVID wages, or at least maintain the current wages.

Asking Modric to lower his wages might be an unreasonable demand

In my opinion, asking a player who has been a definite starter for the club, and has played 2700 minutes already this season, to lower his wages isn’t justified. Modric will turn 37 in a few months, and maybe the club sees the next season as a transitional season, but no player has proved on a consistent basis that they deserve to start ahead of Luka.

Since the extension is only for a year, and the club isn’t risking a lot of money by agreeing to a long-term contract, I think the club shouldn’t try to force the legendary midfielder into reducing the wages and take advantage of the player’s desire to retire at Real Madrid in the future.

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But I think there isn’t any need to worry, and this isn’t the first time the club has tried to play hardball with players, and then reached an agreement with the player. This might just be the age-old tactic of letting the players know that the club is still in control of everything and no one is bigger than the club. And knowing a lot about Luka Modric, a player who firmly believes that everything is downhill after Real Madrid, we shouldn’t worry a lot about this renewal.