Yes, the prolonged transfer saga of Luka Modric to Real Madrid from Tottenham has finally ended today. After months and months of transfer talk all over the media with people even believing that the deal was done a while back, it has now been confirmed. Luka Modric will now be a Real Madrid player.
The Croatian started his career at Dinamo Zaghreb’s youth team as a 17 year old in 2002 and was finally given his first long term contract with the first team in 2005. After an impressive six years with the Croatian club, he decided to move to the Premier League in 2008 and signed for Tottenham Hotspurs.
Being singed by Juande Ramos (Tottenham’s Manager at the time), he was used in a more defensive role that initially used to, which led to many poor performances. Mixing that with a long term injury, things were not really going his way. The media were against him and the Croatian national team decided that he should not be called up due to recent performances for the English club. Then came Harry Redknapp who decided to use Modric in his more familiar role, which led to some of the greatest performances from him, as shown in a great 4-4 draw against Arsenal.
Now, Luka Modric is one of the biggest names around and, after impressing for Croatia at the Euro 2012, things got even better for him (in terms of reputation). After the Euros, Real Madrid took the interest seriously and decided to finally open negotiations with Tottenham for the Croatian. With the new appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as coach, it’s only normal that they would want their star player to stay ahead of the new season.
Chairman Daniel Levy decided to play hardball just like has last summer when Chelsea came knocking for Modric. Whenever Real Madrid met the asking price, Levy would just keep increasing it leading to frustration from the fans. The media overdid the whole thing, I’m sure but it was still quite annoying to see things going well and then fully breaking down again. Luka Modric made it clear to Villas-Boas and Levy that his future lies in the Spanish capital and he wants to move there as soon as possible. He reported late for pre-season, got fined by the club, was told to do individual training until this whole saga with Real Madrid ends, missed all pre-season games, and missed the opening two Tottenham games in the Premier League. All of that ended with him signing a 5-year contract with the Spanish Champions, Real Madrid.
On Tottenham’s official website, Daniel Levy commented, “Luka has been a terrific player for us and, whilst we preferred not to part with him, we are pleased that it is to Real Madrid, a club which we now look forward to sharing a long and productive partnership.”
As for Real Madrid’s official website, a club announcement read, “Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspurs have reached an agreement for the transfer of Luka Modric, who will sign a five-year contract with the club. Both clubs have also entered into a collaboration agreement.”
And, as for the star player himself, he told reporters, “It’s an honor to be at the biggest club in the world. I want to start training and playing for Real Madrid. I have everything that I want. Now I just want to enjoy my football, improve my qualities and help the team win everything. I’m forever grateful to Tottenham. There is no bitterness, just gratitude.”
Luka Modric will wear the number 19 shirt at Real Madrid.