Modric: I want to continue because I deserve it, not because they give it to me

Luka Modric spoke ahead of the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool.

Despite the resurgent form displayed by the Merseyside club, questions about his future took up most of the Croatian’s appearance in front of the gathered media.

Modric has yet to sign a contract extension with the defending Champions League winners, although many expect the matter to be little more than a formality.

“I haven’t spoken to the club about a renewal, just like last year at this stage,” Modric explained in his pre-match press conference.

“These questions are a bit boring because I always say the same thing: that I feel good and I want to continue at Real Madrid.

“I have to talk with the club, I want to continue because I deserve to, not because it’s a gift. I’ve never been given anything for free.”

Modric‘s own future at international level with the Croatian national team was also a topic of discussion on Monday, although the midfielder made clear he has further business to complete with his international compatriots.

“After the World Cup my plan was to continue until the Nations League,” he added.

“After that I haven’t thought more about it. I haven’t decided yet. I want to finish the Nations League and then I’ll see.

Real Madrid has never asked me to retire from the national team, that’s not the club’s style, to give an ultimatum.”

Real Madrid’s midfield is getting younger

Whilst there is still a lot of reliance on the talent of Modric and Toni Kroos, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Los Merengues’ midfield is getting younger.

It started with Casemiro‘s summer transfer to Manchester United, and it is likely to continue with Toni Kroos potentially leaving on a free transfer in the summer.

However, there isn’t the same degree of panic at these developments at Valdebebas as there would have been had they occurred three or four years ago.

Talented youngsters such as Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni have already been recruited and there are continuous rumors linking Los Blancos with Jude Bellingham.

When asked about the generational change going on in Real Madrid‘s midfield at the moment, the veteran Croatian was rather circumspect in his answer, praising the work of the younger players.

“The youngsters are doing very well, they have a great future ahead of them,” he continued.

“It’s going to depend on the what they do here, they have to work to learn, but they aren’t at Real Madrid by chance.

“The club has invested in them for a reason, they are already doing well and are going to do ever better. Bellingham is a separate case, it has nothing to do with us.”