Luka Modric has pledged to only remain at the club if he performs well, and he has not undertaken contract negotiations with Real Madrid.
The Croatian captain is eager to stay with the LaLiga, European, and Club World Cup champions even though his contract with Real Madrid is set to expire at the end of this current campaign.
On the night of Liverpool’s Champions League round of 16 first-leg match, midfielder Modric stated there have been no advancements regarding his future.
The 37-year-old reaffirmed his intention to leave Santiago Bernabeu if he does not believe he can contribute significantly.
He said: “I can’t say anything about the renewal because I haven’t spoken to the club. I’m very calm. I always repeat the same thing. I want to continue here. I feel well and I want to continue in Madrid.
“I have to speak and know what the club thinks. I want to deserve to continue, not to be given [a new deal] as a gift. Nobody has ever given me anything. I want to continue out of merit.
“Nothing can change my relationship or my thoughts with the club. Madrid is the club of my life and nobody can break that or change it.
“I’ve been here for 11 years and I know that the demand is maximum. Many things are said from outside, it’s normal because it’s the best club in the world. Toni [Kroos] and I played together before the World Cup and now it seems that we can’t.
“We’ve won a lot. It doesn’t bother me, I’m used to it. We have to do well.”
Despite having a challenging season, Liverpool will go into their match against Los Blancos on the strength of consecutive Premier League victories against their neighbors Everton and Newcastle United.
Madrid’s assignment in Merseyside is one that Modric is well aware of.
He said: “A very important, very tough game awaits us, against a very good opponent in a historic stadium with tremendous fans and it’s a lot of pressure.
“We have to play well to get a positive result for the second leg. We have to be at the highest level, being together and helping each other.”