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.”

Cech: Buffon & Casillas the best keepers in the world

Chelsea shot-stopper Petr Cech has revealed his admiration for Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas, and feels the experienced duo remain the best goalkeepers in the world.

The Czech played a key role in his side’s Champions League victory last season with some crucial saves in the final against Bayern Munich, and has now admitted that the Juventus and Real Madrid stalwaerts have inspired him.

“I definitely admire Buffon and Casillas,” Cech was quoted as saying on the official Uefa website.

“They have kept a consistent level of performance for more than ten years at the top for club and country. That’s why they are still among the best keepers in the world.

“Oliver Kahn, Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar inspired me early in my career. Each of them had something inspiring, because they were all different characters.

“Then Buffon appeared and changed everything.

“Later, Casillas was very interesting. He started to play for Real Madrid, historically one of the best teams in the world, at the age of 17 or 18. So I told myself: ‘OK, if he can play for a big club so young, age is not an obstacle. There is no reason why I cannot make it too.'”

Cech has made over 250 Premier League appearances for Chelsea since joining the club from Stade Rennais in 2004.

Pique: It's surprising that Real Madrid has only one point

Gerard Piqué - FC Barcelona

Gerard Piqué – FC Barcelona

Gerard Pique has spoken about Real Madrid’s uncharacteristic start to their La Liga campaign, but has pointed to the league being 38 games in length.



The side from the capital lost their match-day two fixture, a shock 2-1 defeat to Getafe, as Barcelona came from behind to beat Osasuna by the same score.

And Pique picked up on their rivals’ poor start to the new league campaign, stating that it will be a long battle to reclaim the title.

“It’s surprising that Madrid has only one point right now, but they could easily go the next 30 games without a loss,” Pique explained at a Barcelona press conference.

“I was very motivated for this season. It couldn’t have started better, but La Liga is about 38 games, not about two.”

Meanwhile, Carlos Puyol is a doubt for Barca’s vital Spanish Supercopa fixture against rivals Madrid after the 34-year-old suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone in the win over Osasuna, following a collision with Roland Lamah.

“Knowing him, I wouldn’t yet say he won’t play on Wednesday,” joked Pique, who remains optimistic about the fixture.

“We want to win the Super Cup, it would be the fourth in a row. We will go to Madrid trying to win the game.”

Real Madrid today completed the signing of Luka Modric, and Pique is keen to see how the Croation adapts to Spanish football.

“He’s a very good player, who can control midfield,” he said. “Now we have to see how he adapts to Madrid and La Liga.”

Piqué: It's surprising Madrid has only one point

Gerard Piqué - FC Barcelona

Gerard Piqué – FC Barcelona

Gerard Piqué is aware of Real Madrid’s uncharacteristic start to their La Liga campaign, however, he has urged his Barcelona teammates not to get complacent.



“It’s surprising Madrid has only one point right now, but they could easily go the next 30 games without a loss.” Pique explained at a Barcelona press conference.

Real Madrid today completed the signing of Luka Modric, and Piqué is keen to see how the Croation adapts to Spanish football.

“He’s a very good player, who can control midfield,” he said. “Now we have to see how he adapts to Madrid and La Liga.”

The ex-Manchester United centre-back spoke positively of Barcelona’s opening results, which have seen Tito Vilanova’s men take an early five point lead over champions Real Madrid, though Pique knows it’s just the start of a long battle.

“I was very motivated for this season. It couldn’t have started better, but a Liga is about 38 games, not about two.”

Carlos Puyol is a doubt for Barca’s vital Supercopa fixture against rivals Madrid after the 34-year-old suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone in the Catalonian’s win over Osasuna, following a collision with Roland Lamah.

“Knowing him, I wouldn’t yet say he won’t play on Wednesday…” joked Piqué, who remains optimistic about the fixture.

“We want to win the Super Cup, it would be the fourth in a row. We will go to Madrid trying to win the game.”