Luka Modric frustrated with reduced role at Real Madrid

Real Madrid have one of, if not the deepest midfield in world football at the moment.

This season, Jude Bellingham has joined names like Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Dani Ceballos.

This could also include Arda Guler, although he seems more likely to be used on the wing or as a second striker.

While this is certainly a good problem for Carlo Ancelotti to have, it will be up to him to ensure that everyone remains happy – something he is usually capable of doing.

However, with only a single game played already and the first reports of dissatisfaction are emerging.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Luka Modric is already getting impatient with his new role, as a substitute in the reserve bench.

The 37-year-old started just once during their four pre-season games, and against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, Ancelotti fielded Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde and Bellingham ahead of him.

Modric saw himself in action for just 10 minutes until the end, as he was brought on in the 80th minute in place of Vinicius Junior.

The Croatian is assessing the situation on a day-to-day basis, but after renewing his deal in June until the summer of 2024, the Croatian has indicated that he will consider leaving in January if things continue as they have started.

It seems unlikely that Modric, who is usually considered a great professional, will do anything rash about his future.

But it is his competitive ‘animal’ within that has taken him so far in his career. Can’t imagine he’ll be happy on the bench, one way or another.