Carlo Ancelotti praises Real Madrid legend linked with summer exit

  • Luka Modric played excellently against Celta Vigo
  • The Croatian midfielder recently denied Carlo Ancelotti’s offer
  • Now, the Italian boss has praised him

Real Madrid CF v Celta Vigo - LaLiga EA Sports
Real Madrid CF v Celta Vigo - LaLiga EA Sports / Flor Tan Jun/GettyImages
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Carlo Ancelotti was very pleased with his side's recent thrashing of La Liga rivals Celta Vigo. The Real Madrid boss is never afraid to speak his mind but much to the delight of his players, Carlo could speak nothing but praise as he watched on from the sidelines this weekend.

Most notably, Carlo was full of praise for Real Madrid's best player on the day, Luka Modric. The Croatian midfielder picked up his 12th start in La Liga this season and Ancelotti will be glad he made this decision, as he proved why he is known as being a world-class midfielder.

Carlo Ancelotti praises Real Madrid legend linked with summer exit

According to Managing Madrid, Don Carlo was most pleased with Luke Modric's ability to carry the midfield and said that he deserved to be applauded by the crowd.

In his own words, Ancelotti said: “I think he deserved the ovation, because he played a very complete game. Luka and Camavinga continued the game. The fans applaud him because he is very fond of them, like everyone else.”

Luka Modric is one of the 6 Real Madrid players with contracts expiring in 2024. Despite Ancelotti's best efforts to tie down the club legend, it does not look like Modric will extend his current deal. Therefore, he may be free to dicuss with other clubs over a free transfer in a few months.

Ancelotti wanted to keep Luka Modric at the Santiago Bernabeu on a coaching basis. This is not what Modric wants at this point of his playing tenure, so he rejected the offer. While there is still time, Modric is not likely to budge on his stance. He proved at the weekend he is still capable of producing beautiful football but he deserved more minutes than Madrid can offer him at this stage in his career.

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