38-year-old Luka Modrić is reportedly set to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, according to Spanish Sport. This season, he has lost his starting position to 20-year-old English wonder Jude Bellingham, and it is speculated that his arrival could mark the end of Modrić’s time among the ‘kings’. There are rumors that he may go to Saudi Arabia, with former teammates reportedly ready to welcome him with open arms. Allegedly, he could earn an incredible 120 million euros per season, or 360 million over three years, which is an astronomical amount.
Another notable departure from Real Madrid is 35-year-old Karim Benzema, who has left to join Al-Ittihad. Modrić has only started five out of 17 games this season and did not play in two of them at all. He ranks fourteenth in terms of minutes played in 15 matches, with only injured players behind him. Reportedly, Modrić is seeking a new challenge, but it is unlikely that Real Madrid will agree to release him in January, as the club’s leadership has confirmed that they do not offer contracts longer than one year to players over thirty years old.