Real Madrid and Croatian midfielder Luka Modric claim He would not crucify Kylian Mbappe for snubbing Real Madrid to sign a Paris Saint Germain extension.
Kylian Mbappe became Real Madrid’s top transfer target for the summer after Paris Saint Germain rejected Real Madrid’s £140 million bid to sign Mbappe from Paris Saint Germain last summer.
There were reports that Real Madrid had agreed on a deal in principle for the French international and was expected to sign for the 14th times European Champions on a free transfer. The Mbappe decision to snub Real Madrid is seen as a betrayal by many Madridistas.
Mbappe penned a new three years contract with the Parisian club and is set to stay at the club until 2025. Mbappe’s new contract makes him the highest-paid player in the World with a weekly wage of £1 million a year and pocketed a £100 million signing bonus.
However, Luka Modric says he will not crucify Mbappe and Real Madrid will be ok without Kylian Mbappe.
What did Luka Modric say about Kylian Mbappe snubbing Real Madrid?
In an interview with Sportske, the 2018 Ballon D’or winner said: “Mbappe decided as he decided, that is his right and now he lives with that decision. It goes on.
“We all thought he would come to us, it didn’t happen, and – now what? Well, we’re not going to crucify the man.
“Mbappe is a great player, but as I always repeat, in any context, no player is more important than the club. Real is the greatest, above every player and it will always be like that.
“Who knows what can happen tomorrow, let alone in three or four years in football? Only time will tell.”
Luka Modric insisted that Real Madrid deserved to win the La Liga and Champions League last season.
The Real Madrid midfielder added: “In La Liga, we got off to a particularly good start from the very beginning.
“A new old coach arrived, Carlo Ancelotti, who found a lot of players from his first era at Madrid. This made it easier to adapt to the new course, after all the great years with Zinedine Zidane.
“Ancelotti brought some new calmness, and stability and created an environment of mutual trust and faith in one’s strengths.
“It wasn’t strange to me, because as much as some tried to belittle the strength of this group of players, I was personally convinced that we still have a top team.
“Things came together for us, we made a strong run and by the end, we deservedly and dominantly won the 35th title, my third.”
Luka Modric also admitted that Real Madrid still misses former club captain Sergio Ramos.
Sergio Ramos left Real Madrid in 2021 after spending 15 years at the club. Luka Modric who played with Ramos since 2012 won four Champions League together with his former captain
Luka Modric continued: “All the departures of players with whom you share years in very successful [teams] are painful,” the midfielder.
“For everyone – after nine years, Sergi was gone.
“From the first day [I arrived], he was close to me, he helped me adapt to Real Madrid, he encouraged me. He believed in my potential. We became great friends, our families got together, and we spent the summers together.
“We still talk to each other every day, at least through messages. I miss hanging out with him, but that’s the way things are in football.”
Real Madrid was seen to have completed their business in the transfer market after signing Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer and Aurelien Tchouameni for £100 million from Monaco.