Luka Modric and the role of substitute in Madrid “I don’t want to be left out, I just want to play”

Luka Modric (38 years old) is not getting used to his new role as a substitute at Real Madrid. The Croatia captain, focused on his national team, insists he wants to play and not be left out of the team on a regular basis.

“I don’t want to be left out. I just want to play, if necessary every three days, because I feel good physically,” Modric said.

The midfielder started Real Madrid’s last La Liga game against Osasuna and showed that he is still capable of carrying the midfield and leading his teammates. But Ancelotti, based on what he has shown so far, prefers more physical players such as Tchoauméni, Valverde, or Camavinga.

“Everything that happens around me is a normal process, so I accept it as such. I have to prepare myself mentally for this situation. I just want to play, no breaks, no vacations. I want to play because that’s when I feel best,” he added.

A new role that, to a lesser extent, Toni Kroos, his partner in crime for a decade, is also suffering. Now, however, the two don’t often meet on the field. The last time the two started together was in the derby against Atletico. At half-time, Modric was substituted.