Luka Modric still the Best Player for Real Madrid

Luka Modric has been a key player for Real Madrid even though the likes of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to grab the headlines.

The Croatian midfielder moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2012 for a fee of around £ 30 million. It may have taken him 12 months to get settled in Spanish football, but he has since been one of the finest players in the midfield. It is clear that Madrid value the presence of the Croatian a lot. Hence, it is not surprising to find that he has a massive transfer fee inserted into his release clause.

Given that Real Madrid made a good some money – by 2012 standards, the club will stand to receive at least £ 387 million if a club wants to talk with Modric without the permission of Madrid. The release clause is an astronomical figure and any top player like Modric will be difficult to get on the cheap. Primarily due to this release clause, it looks like Modric will end up playing at Madrid for a few more years before the club eventually want to look at another player in the centre of the park. Current manager Zinedine Zidane continues to place a lot of faith in the Croatian.

Even though Modric has such astronomical release clause figures, his wages are extremely modest in comparison. For example, he earned only £ 3.4 million in his first season in Spain. Modric would have been on a similar level of wages had he stayed at White Hart Lane. The base salary rose to £ 4.4 million only 12 months later. Modric still has two years left on the contract extension that he signed in August 2014. It is highly likely that this release clause will be reduced to a reasonable amount if Modric agrees to the next deal with Madrid, which may keep him at the club for several years.