The 33-year-old’s Real Madrid future has been the subject of intense speculation following May’s Champions League final win over Liverpool, in which Ronaldo hinted post-match that he could leave the club.
Zinedine Zidane‘s departure as boss and Julen Loptegui’s arrival has only served to increase rumours Ronaldo might bring his glorious Bernabeu career to an end, while Juventus have apparently weighed in with a huge bid for his services.
In this case, an unnamed CSL club has offered Ronaldo those huge terms, which would see the Whites legend collect a cool €100 million annually on a two-year contract.
On top of that personal offer to the player himself, a huge transfer fee would also be needed to prise him away from Madrid.
Ronaldo has been quiet on social media since Portugal’s second round World Cup exit to France.
Reports this week have suggested that Ronaldo could be about to call time on his record-breaking nine-year stay at the Bernabeu, with Juventus heavily linked with the Portugal superstar.
Modric, however, hopes – and thinks – that the 33-year-old will end up staying with the Spanish giants.
Speaking after Croatia’s World Cup quarter-final win over Russia, Modric said in AS: “Let’s see what happens. I don’t think he’s going to go and I would like him to stay because he’s the best player in the world.
“He means a lot and hopefully he will stay.”
The Croatia captain, who has won four Champions League titles alongside Ronaldo, added of Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer: “I think he’s going to stay, that’s my opinion.
“It would be very good if he stayed because I can’t imagine him in any other European team.”
Alvaro Odriozola will be the first signing of the Julen Lopetegui era at Real Madrid after the Champions League winners announced they had reached an agreement to sign the fullback from Real Sociedad.
The transfer fee was not disclosed by either club but is thought to be in the region of €40million.
Odriozola, 22, has already previously caught the eye of Lopetegui, who handed the player his first Spain call-up by including him in La Roja’s World Cup squad, although Odriozola did not feature at all at the tournament.
Madrid already have Dani Carvajal and Achraf Hakimi for the right-back position, but decided they could not afford to miss out on this signing, with Odriozola rated as among the best young players in Spain.