Modric laments delays in completing move to Real Madrid

Luka Modric has expressed his relief at finally completing a dream move to Real Madrid, after a €42 million deal with Tottenham was concluded agreed on Monday.

The successful resolution to negotiations brings to an end one of the most protracted transfer sagas of the summer transfer window, with the constant haggling over a transfer price between the two clubs threatening to scupper the switch.

Modric had agreed personal terms with the Santiago Bernabeu outfit beforehand, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy’s financial demands initially proved problematic, a circumstance the 27-year-old acknowledged with regret.

“It [negotiations] has been a really long process, and I’ve missed two games,” uttered the Croatia international at his official unveiling.

“I have been training with Tottenham’s fitness coach, working hard as well as playing for Croatia. I hope I will only need a couple of games to get fit and reach my peak fitness level and that expected of me by Real Madrid.”

The creative midfielder then spoke of his enthusiasm regarding the prospect of playing under coach Jose Mourinho, insisting he is up to the challenge of playing on the greater stage.

“I’m happy, honoured and proud to be at the biggest club in the world,” Modric enthused. “When I realised that Real Madrid wanted to sign me, I was excited that such a big club were showing an interest in me.”

“I want to play football and get a place in the team. At Tottenham, I played in the centre of the park and we’ll see how Mourinho, who is the best coach in the world, wants to use me.

“It will be difficult but I think I have the quality to play here. I have set myself the challenge of winning trophies with Real Madrid.”

Indeed, Mourinho will be hopeful his latest signing will spur on the Blancos in the club’s already-stuttering title defence, after seeing his men only collect a single point in their opening two Liga fixtures.

Casillas demands Real Madrid improvement after poor start

Iker Casillas - Real Madrid

Iker Casillas – Real Madrid

Iker Casillas believes Real Madrid must improve after they were beaten 2-1 by Getafe in the Madrid derby on Sunday.

The defeat for los Blancos comes a week after the 1-1 draw with Valencia at Santiago Bernabeu and coach Jose Mourinho was quick to criticise his team in the wake of the match.

And the club’s captain has accepted that his team-mates must improve in the coming matches, but remains confident that they can turn things around.

“To be five points off the top is not a good start,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN.

“Nobody expected this, we have to look at what we are not doing well. We did not know how to defend. We cannot allow it because it is costing us points and games.

“There are collective and individual errors. I agree with the boss. Last season we had two stumbles in a row and we lifted ourselves back up.”

Madrid entertain Liga leaders Barcelona on Wednesday for the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa, which they trail 3-2.

Butragueno: Modric will help Real Madrid achieve their goals

Real Madrid director of football Emilio Butragueno believes that Luka Modric will play an important part in his club’s quest for glory this season.

After a lengthy summer transfer saga, the former Tottenham man finally completed his switch to Real for a fee of €42 million, and Butragueno thinks the new acquisition will thrive at Santiago Bernabeu.

“With your talent and quality, you will help us achieve our goals,” the former Spain international told Modric at his unveiling.

“For me it is a true pleasure to welcome Luka Modric. This is going to be your home for the next five seasons.”

Butragueno also dismissed suggestions that Jose Mourinho’s side’s poor start to their Liga campaign was down to the drawn out nature of the 26-year-old’s move.

“We would have liked to close the deal before, but it was not to be. The recent results have not had anything to do with it.”

Modric completes €42m Real Madrid move from Tottenham

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric for a fee of €42 million, the Spanish giants have confirmed.

Modric arrives on a five-year deal, and will wear the No.19 shirt at Santiago Bernabeu, as the No.14 he wore at Spurs is already taken by Xabi Alonso.The Croatia international played no part in the north Londoners’ Premier League campaign this year as the two clubs finalised negotiations for the deal, which also includes a long-term ‘footballing partnership’.“I’m very happy,” he told reporters. “It’s an honour to be at the biggest club in the world. I want to start training and playing for Real Madrid.

“I look forward to playing with the team. This is my biggest challenge as a footballer and I am sure that I will accomplish my objectives.

“My challenge is to earn a place in the team, and for that you must work hard. It’s going to be difficult, but I’m ready. My challenge is to win titles and trophies with Real Madrid.

“I have trained, I have worked hard and I have played 25 minutes with Croatia. I hope that I only need a couple of games to be fit and to reach the highest level.

“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 grateful to Tottenham. I spent four fantastic years there. There is no bitterness, just gratitude.”

Modric completes Real Madrid move from Tottenham

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric for a fee of £33.2 million, the Spanish giants have confirmed.

Modric arrives on a five-year deal, and will wear the No.19 shirt at Santiago Bernabeu, as the No.14 he wore at Spurs is already taken by Xabi Alonso.The Croatian international played no part in the north Londoners’ Premier League campaign this year as the two clubs finalised negotiations for the deal, which also includes a long-term ‘footballing partnership’.“I’m very happy,” he told reporters. “It’s an honour to be at the biggest club in the world. I want to start training and playing for Real Madrid.

“I look forward to playing with the team. This is my biggest challenge as a footballer and I am sure that I will accomplish my objectives.

“My challenge is to earn a place in the team, and for that you must work hard. It’s going to be difficult, but I’m ready. My challenge is to win titles and trophies with Real Madrid.

“I have trained, I have worked hard and I have played 25 minutes with Croatia. I hope that I only need a couple of games to be fit and to reach the highest level.

“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 grateful to Tottenham. I spent four fantastic years there. There is no bitterness, just gratitude.”