The Croatia international has forged a reputation as one of the world’s top midfield talents during his five-and-a-half year spell in La Liga.
And his performances have played a pivotal role in Real winning 13 trophies during that period, including the Champions League on three occasions.
Real are well aware of Modric’s influence and some at the club’s training ground believe they would not have enjoyed such success in Europe without him.
The latest reports suggest they may have to be on the lookout for a replacement at the end of the season, with the 32-year-old plotting an exit.
According to Diario Gol, Modric is preparing to bring the curtain down on his illustrious career.
And he’s decided that it would be best to wind down away from Real, where the demands on his body are greatest.
Modric is apparently unwilling to play a bit-part role next term before being ushered out of the back door.
And he’s opted to tackle that head on by targeting a move during next summer’s transfer window.
Diario Gol claim Modric has informed a cluster of team-mates that this weekend’s showdown with Barcelona is his “last Clasico at the Bernabeu”.
Modric’s message is yet to spread throughout the entire Real dressing room.
But Gareth Bale, who he starred alongside at Tottenham, is among those he’s confided in.
Real are a hefty 11 points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona, with a game in hand on their arch-rivals.