World Cup hero Luka Modric is currently resting in Croatia, but he is determined to join Real Madrid as they battle for their first trophy of the season.
With family and friends, Mateo Kovacic included, Modric has been recharging his batteries after an unforgettable season, the best one surely in his entire career.
Despite all of the games and minutes played, he is fully expecting to be there in Tallinn, August 15, against Atletico Madrid.
Modric plans to return from vacation a week before the European derby in what is undoubtedly good news for Julen Lopetegui.
Madrid’s new coach is expected to count on the Golden Ball winner of the World Cup in Russia and one of the candidates for FIFA’s Best award.
The Croatian played in 43 games for Los Blancos last season and 16 for the national team, including seven in the World Cup, with three going into extra-time.
In total, he racked up 4,772 minutes, the most demanding season of his career, although his performance did not suffer no matter how hard the soon to be 33-year-old pushed.
Modric will begin his seventh season at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, already consecrated internationally as one of the greatest players in the recent history of football.
His charisma and leadership has long placed him as one of the Madrid’s most important figures, commanding attention despite not having the captains armband.
The desire from Modric has always been to retire at Madrid.
“I have two years left on my contract with Madrid,” he declared a few months ago.
“I have always said that I would like to finish my career at Madrid.”
By that time he will be 35, yet the road-map continues for him to hang up his boots in the white number 10 with Modric on the back.