Luka Modric handpicks soon-to-be Real Madrid star Arda Guler to take over his No. 10 shirt

Luka Modric handpicks soon-to-be Real Madrid star Arda Guler to take over his No. 10 shirt

It can be challenging to accept the fact that Luka Modric is already 37 years old. However, the Croatian footballer continues to excel in the midfield, displaying the same dominance as he always has, both for his club and his national team.

Although Modric has made great efforts to extend his career in European football, it is clear that his departure from the club is imminent. Many anticipate that the 2023/24 season will be his final stint wearing the white shirt. It seems that Modric is also aware of this inevitable transition.

According to Volkan Demir’s reports, the midfield maestro recently had a conversation with Arda Guler, who is set to join Real Madrid in the near future. Modric tried to persuade Guler to sign for the club.

During their discussion, he made it clear that he wouldn’t extend his stay at the club beyond the upcoming summer and assigned a significant amount of responsibility to Guler.

“I’m leaving next season, and I want you to have my jersey (10) next,” Modric is understood to have told the 18-year-old wonderkid.

Los Blancos faced a difficult battle against their arch-rivals Barcelona to secure the signing of the 18-year-old player. Despite initially trailing behind, their offer ultimately emerged victorious, and the deal is now nearing completion.

Güler is anticipated to join Carlo Ancelotti’s team as soon as possible and is likely to participate in the pre-season trip to the USA. However, it is uncertain whether the manager views the teenager as a midfield option or as a player for the right side of the attack.

Regarding Modric, his role in the team this season is expected to be slightly reduced due to the arrival of Jude Bellingham. Nevertheless, it can be assured that he will continue to play a crucial role in important matches as he has done in the past.

Luka Modric handpicks soon-to-be Real Madrid star Arda Guler to take over his No. 10 shirt

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