Modric has performed over 160 video games for his nation and it was thought Saturday’s World Cup third-place play-off, wherein Croatia beat Morocco 2-1, may very well be his final worldwide recreation.
The 37-year-old Actual Madrid midfielder, who has loved a superb World Cup in Qatar, is planning to play on for at the least subsequent summer season and will even keep it up till Euro 2024.
Croatia have reached the finals of the Nations League and can compete towards Italy, the Netherlands and Spain for the trophy subsequent June, with Modric set to captain the facet there.
“This [World Cup bronze] medal is very important for us, for me, for Croatia as a national team, as a country,” Modric informed BeIN Sports activities. “We confirm with this medal that Croatia is playing an important role in the world of football and we are leaving Qatar as winners.
“About my future? I don’t know if I will be [playing] until the Euros in Germany. We will see. I need to go step by step. I am enjoying the national team. I feel happy. I still think I can perform on a high level and I want to continue until at least until the Nations League.
“Then after, there will be more time to think about the Euros. Now it is go step by step and continue at least until Nations League and then we will see.”
Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic is delighted Modric is carrying on and has backed him to maintain enjoying for his nation till Euro 2024 in Germany.
“He’s our captain, he’s our big boss. He played fantastic this tournament,” Dalic informed BeIN Sports activities. “He’s 37 years but he played like a 20- or 25-year-old. He’s our leader. Everyone follows him.
“I’m very happy for Luka Modric, this trophy is for him. He did a fantastic job. Some people think this is the end but I think he will stay with Croatia for a long time. I hope, I hope, I hope [he will stay for Germany].”
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