Champions League winner Luka Modric has penned a new contract extension with Spanish giants Real Madrid. The deal will see him remain at the Santiago Bernabéu until the summer of 2018.
The Croatian arrived in Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 after an impressive stint in the Premier League where he was continually linked with a move away from White Hart Lane. The Spanish side eventually splashed out £33 million for his services, signing a five-year deal.
Since his move from North London, Modric has gone on to make over 100 appearances whilst achieving big things in the Spanish capital, helping his side win the Champions League, Copa Del Rey and The Spanish Super Cup. He will concentrate on targeting the La Liga title with Madrid now that his future has been settled.
Modric has become a regular starter in Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti’s side. The midfielder’s approach is that of a clever Spanish play-maker, looking up and evaluating two or three steps ahead in play of the opposition before playing that decisive through ball to an on-rushing forward.
This season, Ancelotti will presumably look to field Modric in a trio which contains former Liverpool man Xabi Alonso and new signing Toni Kroos in the heart of the Madrid midfield. Modric’s control in play and short accurate passing proved to be key in last season’s Champions League winning campaign.
The 28-year-old was a member of Croatia’s 2014 World Cup squad, with his country exiting Group A in third spot as Niko Kovac’s men claimed only three points with their 4-0 drubbing of Cameroon. The midfielder has made over 70 appearances for his country, scoring on eight occasions; in addition to this, Modric has collected the Croatian Footballer of the Year award three times in 2007, 2008 and 2011.