Sunday, October 17, 2021

Ballon d’Or Winner Luka Modric Turns Down Huge Real Madrid Deal

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Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric has reportedly rejected a bumper new contract from Real Madrid as he continues to seek a move away from the crisis club. He is one of a number of stars to be considering quitting the club which has been in disarray since the departure of Zinedine Zidane in the summer.According to Telemadrid, the Croatian star, 33, turned down Los Blancos’ first offer of a new deal. The Ballon d’Or winner’s current contract expires in 2020 and the club are understandably keen to tie him down on a long-term basis. Inter Milan were interested in signing the World Cup’s Golden Ball winner in the summer but could not agree a deal. They are likely to try and go back in for him next year, though, as Serie A continues its resurgence following Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus. The San Siro club are understood to want to offer Modric a two-year deal worth £9million per year. On Wednesday, Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio told Sky Sports Italia: “I did not think it was possible to sign Modric, but why not dream? I only told who proposed it to me that we were there, that if what they told us was true, they had to talk to Madrid and let us know. Honestly, we did not feel ready for a negotiation because we knew our possibilities. Try again? In football today you can never say never.” A reunion with Ronaldo at Juventus is the most likely option for Modric.Photo Credit: Getty

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