Luka Modric insists that there are “no hard feelings” between him and Tottenham after his drawn-out transfer to Real Madrid was finally completed on Monday.
The Croatian midfielder sealed the €42 million (£33.2m) switch after a protracted saga which saw him refuse to travel on Spurs’ pre-season tour of USA and lamented the delays in pushing through his move after signing his contract with the Liga holders.
But, after being unveiled at the Santiago Bernabeu, Modric told the press: “There are no hard feelings. I want to thank everyone there.
“I spent three great years there and enjoyed every moment.
“People thought there was something bad between us but it wasn’t anything bad. It was normal [in negotiations]. I am glad that it is finished now and that I am at Real Madrid.”
Los Blancos‘ new No.19 revealed that joining Jose Mourinho’s side had been a no-brainer thanks to his long-held desire to play in La Liga.
“I chose the Spanish league because it’s one of the best leagues in the world,” he enthused. “When I was in Croatia I always wanted to play in Spain one day.
“And I chose Madrid because they are the best club in the world. They’ve won so many things, so many titles. It’s amazing for me to be here.
“When I heard that Madrid noticed me, the rest lost interest.”