Luka Modric of Real Madrid controls the ball during their Supercopa de Espana match against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images / August 19, 2014
Luka Modric of Real Madrid controls the ball during their Supercopa de Espana match against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images / August 19, 2014

Four more years: Luka Modric signes new Real Madrid contract



Croatia midfielder Luka Modric has signed a new four-year contract with European champions Real Madrid.

The 28-year-old former Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham man, who started in Tuesday’s 1-1 Supercopa de Espana (Spanish Super Cup) first-leg draw against Atletico Madrid, moved to the Spanish capital in 2012 and helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side to Champions League and Copa del Rey glory last term.

“Real Madrid CF announces the extension of Luka Modric’s contract, linking him to the club for the next four seasons,” a short statement from the club read.

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo will undergo tests on Wednesday afternoon after being substituted due to a muscle strain at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Colombia winger James Rodriguez, who replaced the Portugal forward after the interval, was optimistic his teammate would be available for Friday’s second leg.

“Cristiano felt something during the game,” the 23-year-old said on club website. “We hope it’s nothing serious.”

Rodriguez, the Golden Boot winner at this summer’s World Cup, went on to net his first goal for his new club in the 80th minute.

His strike looked to have given Ancelotti’s side the upper hand ahead of Friday’s game at the Vicente Calderon, but Raul Garcia equalised two minutes from time for the La Liga champions.

“I’m delighted because this is a dream for me,” Rodriguez said after opening his account following his big-money switch from Monaco last month. “I scored a goal and I hope I can score a lot more goals in the future.

“Step by step, and with a lot of training, I’m improving.

“It’s a pity (Atletico equalised) because we had the game in our hands.”

Despite the late leveller, Rodriguez remained confident Real would finish the job on Friday.

“Now we must go to the Calderon and get a result,” he said. “We will have to be patient, find spaces and try to score.

“As a top team, we need to go out and win.

“I hope I can score again against Atletico on Friday and try to help my team win there.”

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