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Luka Modric: Navigating New Real Madrid Role Amidst Youthful Surge.

Luka Modric, the seasoned midfield maestro of Real Madrid, has found himself in uncharted territory as he grapples with the unfamiliar role of a substitute in recent matches. With his 38th birthday just around the corner, Modric is determined to reclaim his spot in Carlo Ancelotti's lineup, even as a wave of youthful talents threatens to overshadow his presence.

In a recent interview, Modric candidly expressed his sentiments, acknowledging the "strange feeling" that comes with losing his regular starting role. Having graced the pinnacle of world football for an extended period, the shift to becoming a bit-part player has been a unique adjustment for the Croatian star.

The emergence of a crop of dynamic young players at Real Madrid has undeniably intensified the competition for coveted positions on the field. Undaunted by this challenge, Modric has vowed to "work hard" and prove his enduring value to the team.

As reported by ESPN, Modric told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti: 'Nobody is happy when they don't play. After the career I've had, it's an especially strange feeling for me. But the coach [Carlo Ancelotti] decided that, for his own reasons.

'My only condition for staying [at Los Blancos] was to be treated as a competitive player, and not to be kept in the squad on the basis of past merits... I am completely calm. I'm aware that I have to work hard and sooner or later everything will fall into place.'

When asked about the competition that he faces, Modric said: 'These young guys are top players, that's why they're at Real. We veterans must help them progress and gradually take over the starting roles at the level that this club is looking for.'

Modric marked his return to the La Liga starting lineup in the recent 2-1 victory over Getafe, a significant step in his quest to regain his place as a key contributor.

In a football landscape increasingly dominated by youth, Luka Modric's determination to shine amidst a new generation of talent is a testament to his unwavering commitment to the beautiful game. Watch this space as the veteran maestro seeks to add yet another remarkable chapter to his storied career at Real Madrid.

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