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December 1, 2023

‘Nobody Is Happy When They Don’t Play…’

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Luka Modric has publicly revealed his unhappiness over a lack of playing time at Real Madrid with the veteran given a reduced role by Carlo Ancellotti as he vows to fight for his place in the team.

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Set to turn 38 tomorrow, Luka Modric has admitted that it was a strange feeling to lose his regular starting role at Real Madrid after three consecutive games starting on the bench but he has vowed to fight to win back his place in the team.

Modric made his first LaLiga start of the new campaign in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Getafe and despite being at the top of world football for some time, he admitted that the transition to being a bit-part player was something he had to adjust to after loosing his place to other youngsters.

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“Nobody is happy when they don’t play. After the career I’ve had, it’s an especially strange feeling for me but the coach decided that for his own reasons”, Modric said Via ESPNModric told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.

“My only condition for staying was to be treated as a competitive player, and not to be kept in the squad on the basis of past merits, I am completely calm as I’m aware that I have to work hard and sooner or later everything will fall into place.”

On the competition that Modric faces, the Croatian said: “These young guys are top players, that’s why they’re at Real. We veterans must help them progress and gradually take over the starting roles at the level that this club is looking for.”

Modric is back with his national side this week, as Croatia host Latvia in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Friday, before travelling to Armenia for a second game on Monday. 


Real Madrid have given Raul the green light to become Villarreal’s new manager, according to reports in Spain following his exploits since taking over at Real Madrid Castilla – Los Blancos‘ reserve team in 2019 and was pursued by several clubs across Europe this summer including Leeds United, Eintracht Frankfurt, Schalke and Espanyol.

Until now, the Spaniard has decided to remain at the Bernabeu to focus on Real Madrid’s youth project – but the challenge of taking over as Villarreal manager is one that reportedly interests Raul.

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According to Marca, Raul and his entourage have told Real Madrid’s leaders that he is interested in the Villarreal position, and the Bernabeu chiefs are happy for him to leave after Villarreal sacked former head coach Quique Setien on Tuesday after enduring a turbulent start to the new LaLiga campaign.

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