AS: Five reasons why Modric opted for Madrid stay
Diario AS writer Abel Romera explains what exactly has made the Croatian midfielder stay at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and reject Inter Milan's astronomical offer.
Saturday's edition of main Spanish sports publication Diario AS arrived with a bold headline 'He stays'. Luka Modric has reportedly turned down Inter Milan's outstanding offer of 10 million euros per year thus putting an end all this transfer saga. Even the Nerazzurri boss Luciano Spaletti has confirmed the Croatian will stay at the Bernabeu. But why? Abel Romera presents a list of possible reasons.
An improved Real Madrid contract
'In response to Inter Milan's attempts to lure Luka Modric to Italy, Real Madrid are to hand the midfielder an improved deal that will bring him into the same wage bracket as Gareth Bale, who currently pockets 11 million euros a season. AS understands that Modric has, like Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos, been earning about eight million a year at Real.'
His chances of winning major silverware
'One only needs to compare Real and Inter's recent trophy hauls to see that, by opting to stay at the Bernabéu, Modric has given himself a much better chance of continuing to challenge for the top silverware on offer. The LaLiga club have won four of the last five Champions Leagues. Meanwhile, the Italians' last European crown came eight years ago under José Mourinho.'
A family that's settled in Madrid
эFamily life is a factor that is expected to have had a major bearing on Modric's decision to stay put. Six years have now gone by since his arrival from Tottenham Hotspur - more than enough time for the Croatia captain and his wife and children to have now settled fully into life in the Spanish capital. An unwillingness to uproot them is likely to have influenced his decision to finally reject Inter's overtures.э
New coach Lopetegui's style of play
'Real's appointment of Julen Lopetegui in place of Zinedine Zidane means their style will remain much as it was under the Frenchman, with an emphasis on possession-based football that embraces patient build-up. With that in mind, it is not lost on Modric that he'll have a key role to play in Lopetegui's side - bringing with it the chance to carry on showing, or even improve on, the form that brought him the Golden Ball award as the 2018 World Cup's best player.'
Luka Modric made more recoveries (56) than any outfield player at the 2018 World Cup; also creating more chances (18) and completing more take-ons (15) than any teammate.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 16, 2018
The first Croatian Golden Ball winner. ? pic.twitter.com/TpXpTvmrdh
An even more important role within the squad
'In the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo's summer move to Juventus, Modric's influence within the dressing room will grow yet further. About to embark on his seventh season with the 13-time European Cup winners, the Croat is now undoubtedly one of the squad's senior figures - and his role within the group will be all the more important now that one if its chief leaders has departed.'
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