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.
The 19-year-old forward has been heavily linked with a potential world-record transfer to the Bernabeu.
He is currently playing for France at the World Cup in Russia where he has scored three goals in four games to help his country reach the quarter-finals.
“Given the information published in the last few hours regarding an alleged agreement between Real Madrid C.F. and PSG for the player Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid would like to state that it is completely false,” the La Liga club said in a statement on their website.
“Real Madrid has not made any offer to PSG or the player and condemns the spreading of this type of information that has not been proven by the parties concerned.”
Mbappe began his career at Monaco, helping them win Ligue 1 and reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2017 before moving to rivals PSG last summer.
The transfer, initially a loan deal which was made permanent for a reported £128million, made him football’s most expensive teenager.
He scored 13 times in 27 league games during his first season in Paris as PSG reclaimed the title.
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