Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric has reportedly reached an agreement with Real Madrid to extend his contract until June 2021.
The Croatian playmaker has been at the Santiago Bernabeu since 2012 after completing a £30m transfer from Tottenham.
In that time, Modric has gone on to rank in 290 appearances across all competitions for Real along with contributing towards 61 goals to help Los Blancos win four Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups and a La Liga title.
Last season saw Modric complete the most impressive campaign of his career for both club and country with his inspiring displays last summer at Russia playing a critical role as Croatia reached the World Cup final for the first time in their history.
The 33-year-old then capped off a superb 2018 by becoming the first Ballon d’Or winner, other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, since Brazil icon Kaka in 2007.
Modric also collected FIFA’s The Best Award, UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, the World Cup Golden Ball and the Balkan Athlete of the Year.
Despite this, concerns had been going about over Modric’s long-term future at Real due to the fact that he will be 34 years old once his original deal had expired in June 2020.
This had prompted speculation linking the Croatia captain with a transfer to Serie A giants Inter Milan last summer with talks over a renewal at Real appearing to be almost non-existent.
The European champions have begun investing in young talent recently with the likes of Vinicius Junior arriving last summer from Flamengo and Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen has been regularly mentioned as a suitable replacement for Modric.
But now Marca reports that an agreement has been struck between Modric and Real for a one-year contract extension.
This will keep the midfielder with Los Blancos until June 2021, which means he will be nearly 36 years old and possibly at the end of his playing career.
It’s expected that Modric’s new deal will see him earn a similar wage to Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale.
Santiago Solari’s side will be back in action on Sunday away to Levante UD in La Liga.