Conflicting Reports on Luka Modric as Real Director Claims Croatian is ‘Happy’ in Madrid

?It is still unclear whether ?Inter intend to sign Luka Modric from ?Real Madrid before the Italian transfer window shuts on Friday, with conflicting reports muddying the waters.

The Croatian has been strongly linked with a move to the San Siro this summer, and may be tempted by a new challenge after winning 4 Champions League titles in an incredible six-year spell with Madrid.

Before the UEFA Super Cup final against ?Atletico Madrid, Real director Emilio Butragueno told Movistar+ television that Modric was content to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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“There is no issue with Modric, he’s happy to continue with us,” he said, quoted by ?Marca.

?Sky Sports Italia still insists that Modric and his representatives are pushing for a move away from the Spanish capital and will plead with Real to let him leave on Thursday.

Florentino Perez is not easily swayed though and he will not want Modric to leave after a damaging summer in which three-times Champions League-winning manager Zinedine Zidane and record goalscorer ?Cristiano Ronaldo both left the club.

Real might allow Modric to leave if they had a suitable replacement, but that too seems doubtful as their top target ?Christian Eriksen is valued at €200m by Tottenham Hotspur.

In the Galactico era, Real frequently spent large sums on high-profile players, but that is unlikely to be repeated under the current transfer policy ?with Perez reportedly reluctant to spend more than €100m on a p?layer.

Modric came on as a second-half substitute on Wednesday night, making his first competitive appearance since losing the World Cup final with Croatia.

The Croatian was again on the losing side as Real lost 4-2 in overtime, earning Atletico the first European silverware of the new season.


La Liga Matches to Take Place in the United States as Part of New Initiative

?The organisers of the International Champions Cup have reached an agreement with La Liga to stage regular season Spanish league matches in the United States as early as this season.

?In a press release, ?La Liga confirmed the launch of a new 15-year initiative called LaLiga North America, which will have the primary goal of promoting football in the United States and Canada.

This is a joint venture with Relevent Sport, the multinational media, sports and entertainment group who successfully staged this summer’s International Champions Cup, most of which was held in the United States.

“The newly founded organization will work to cultivate soccer culture in the U.S. and Canada using the unequalled assets of LaLiga, the world’s best soccer league featuring internationally recognized clubs and players,” the press release read.

“Moreover, North America will be exposed to the unparalleled Spanish soccer culture, renowned for its passion, drama, history, flair and creativity.”

“As part of the agreement, LaLiga plans to bring a regular season club match to the United States, the first to be played outside of Europe.”

Barcelona v Real Sociedad - La Liga

La Liga President Javier Tebas said: “We’re devoted to growing the passion for soccer around the world. This ground-breaking agreement is certain to give a major impulse to the popularity of the beautiful game in the U.S. and Canada.”

This is a first for European football, although the idea of a “39th game” in the ?Premier League, staged around the world to spread global recognition, has been touted in the past.

The best parallel would be with the NFL, which sends 3 or 4 regular season matches to London and one to Mexico as part of their annual International Series.


Real Madrid Dealt Major Transfer Blow as Juventus Star Pjani? Prepares to Sign New Contract

??Real Madrid have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of ?Juventus defender Miralem Pjani?, as the tenacious midfielder is set to sign a new contract to keep him with the ?Serie A giants until  2022.

According to Football Italia, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international will sign a one year extension on his existing deal, which will see his earnings soar to €7m per year. While football contracts are becoming increasingly meaningless in terms of tying players to their clubs, the deal will at least assure that Pjani? remains with his club for at least another season.

Juventus v Juventus U19 - Pre-Season Friendly

Real Madrid were tipped as hot favourites to sign the 28-year-old before the end of the summer transfer window, with ?Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain also thought to be interested. Los Blancos were reported to have had a €60m bid turned down for Pjani? earlier in the week, which is believed to have been an attempt to find a replacement for Luka Modri?, should the Croatian move to ?Inter.

Juventus have won the last seven Serie A titles on the bounce, and will look to continue their dominance of the Italian top tier this season with the help of new acquisition Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese prodigy completed a €112m move from Real Madrid earlier in the summer, and will be aiming to win even more silverware to add to an already impressive collection.

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In other news, Juventus are believed to have? turned down an offer from Paris Saint-Germain for their star left-back Alex Sandro. The Ligue 1 giants have been relentlessly perusing the Brazilian international throughout the summer, but Juve are unwilling to sanction deal without finding a suitable replacement.


PHOTO: How Marcelo Reacted When Sergio Ramos Mocked Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp

?Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos had some choice words when responding to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s latest jibe, but it was the reaction of fellow Los Blancos defender Marcelo that has caught the attention of many.

The 30-year-old left back can be seen trying to hold in a cheeky smile as he sat next to the Real Madrid captain, who fired back against Klopp in a recent press conference.

Klopp and Ramos began their battle of words following Liverpool’s somewhat embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Real in last season’s Champions League final.

The Spaniard’s foul on Mohamed Salah, which saw the Egyptian leave the field of play, and rough treatment of goalkeeper Loris Karius has come under criticism from the Liverpool head coach, who ?reportedly referred to it as “brutal” and “ruthless”.

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Ramos fired back at Klopp, stating: “I had no intention of holding Mohamed Salah’s arm, but he grabbed my arm first.

“I already gave my opinion and I reiterate again, it is not intentional. It’s not the first final he’s lost, [maybe] he wants to use that as an excuse for losing.

“There have been many repercussions after what happened to Salah in the Champions League final. Let Klopp worry about his own players. In fact, he’s one of the coaches I voted for as the Best of the Year, so perhaps he can stay a little calmer.”

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Marcelo, who has been under contract at the Santiago Bernabéu since 2007, couldn’t hold back a small grin in the press conference, as his captain responded to reporters.

The Brazilian international will be part of the squad that face rivals Atletico Madrid in tonight’s UEFA Super Cup final in Estonia.