Luka Modric has offered a fine example of how things are not about how they begin, but how they end. Talking about his contract renewal in September was very different to doing so now. Before lockdown, the Croatian midfielder, who turned 34 in September, had been hit by injuries and lost his regular starting place, while his performance levels had been well below par.
It was as if winning the Ballon d’Or had made him too relaxed. But now everything has changed. His post-lockdown performances were outstanding. He was one of the main driving forces behind Madrid’s LaLiga title-winning form over the course of the final 11 games, in which Los Blancos remained unbeaten, winning 10 and drawing one.
The context changes for Modric at Real Madrid
With his contract set to expire in 2021, it will be difficult for Madrid to deny Modric a renewal based on his performance levels. His football is exquisite, but he is close to turning 35 and it is logical that Madrid will be already considering his replacement. Luka will adapt to the situation without question, as he wants be a solution and not a problem. Therefore, he will be willing to take a salary cut to ease the financial burden on the club, which will allow him to continue.