Modric 'ready to take a pay cut' to extend his stay at Real Madrid

Luka Modric ‘ready to take a pay cut’ to extend his stay at Real Madrid beyond next summer with the Ballon d’Or winner wanting to finish career at the Bernabeu… but club chiefs are yet to discuss the Croatian’s future

  • Luka Modric will take a pay cut to extend his stay at Real beyond next summer
  • The Croatian midfielder has entered the final year of his contract at the Bernbeu
  • The Spanish press claim Modric is desperate to stay put in the country’s capital
  • However, Real chiefs are yet to discuss the 35-year-old’s future at the club

Luka Modric is willing to take a pay cut in order to sign a contract extension with Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain.

The 35-year-old has entered the final year of his current deal and will be allowed to talk with other clubs come January should he so wish.

However, according to Marca, the Ballon d’Or winner is keen to see his career out at Real having cemented himself as one of the club’s greatest ever midfielders.

Luka Modric is ready to take a pay cut to extend his stay at Real Madrid beyond next summer

That means Modric would be ready to take a reduced salary with Los Blancos just so long as he stays in the Spanish capital beyond next summer.

While the midfielder has laid his cards on the table, the club’s hierarchy appear to be keeping their close to their chest.

The Spanish champions are often reluctant to hand veteran players new long-term deals and are yet to discuss Modric’s future at the club, the report goes on to claim.

Sergio Ramos and Lucas Vazquez also find themselves in similar positions to Modric with the current deals set to expire at the end of the season, too.

Ramos’ scenario will likely be different compared to Modric, seeing as he is club captain and is a year younger than the Croatian.

Modric, who still maintains a high standard of play, also has competition for his place in midfield, with Fede Valverde seen as his long-term successor.

Fede Valverde (left) is seen as Modric’s long-term successor in the heart of Real’s midfield

The return of Martin Odegaard also offers Zinedine Zidane an extra option in midfield, putting Modric’s place in the starting XI under threat.

Modric made 31 LaLiga appearances last season where he contributed three goals and eight assists to help the club win the league title last season.

He has also featured in all four of Real’s games this season, with the club sitting top of the table with 10 points.

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