Luka Modric has told his bosses at Tottenham that he is determined to be A real Madrid player next season. The 26-year old Crotian playmaker did not join his Tottenham team mates for training today, as he tries to persuade the club not to block his dream move.
Spurs are demanding no less than £35 million for the midfielder who is contracted with them until 2016. There is a danger of Madrid backing out of the deal and that would leave Modric angry and upset. Last summer, Chelsea were rebuffed by Tottenham even though Modric believed he had a “gentleman’s agreement” with the chairman Daniel Levy.
Modric refused to play in the opening game of last season and was expecting to be allowed to join Chelsea but it did not happen. Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp managed to then convince him to concentrate on football. It seems as if the same thing could happen again. Levy should seriously consider how the player will react if he is forced to stay at White Hart Lane against his will.
The current manager Andre Villas-Boas has spoken to Modric and says “I understand his point and he understands the club’s point.” Levy is a hard negotiator but neither Madrid or Manchester United agree with his valuation of the player. Will Modric be able to persuade him to lower the price? I hope so.
Things have been a bit quiet om the transfer front, with many players still on holiday but I expect things to start happening now.
It looks like Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid will not be signing David Silva from Manchester City.The Spanish midfielder is close to signing a lucrative new five year deal with the English champions. He is thought to be going to receive £200,000 a week and has settled in Manchester. Silva is currently on holiday after winning Euro 2012 with Spain but has stated that he will sign his new deal when he returns.
If reports in Croatia are to be believed then Luka Modric of Tottenham will be playing in the white of Madrid this season. The 26-year old playmaker has expressed his desire for the move and the club are finally about to relent, apparently. The London club wanted around 50 million euros for will have to accept around 35 million from Madrid in order to stop Modric from moving to Spurs’ rivals Chelsea or Manchester United.
Madrid might beat Chelsea to another player this summer. With Madrid’s young right back Carvajal moving to the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkeusen, Mourinho needs cover for Arbeloa. Maicon of Inter Milan was thought to be on the way to Chelsea but Mourinho has worked with the 30-year old Brazilian before and the player would prefer to join his old boss at the Bernabeu.
Tottenham are on the verge of losing 26-year old Croatian international playmaker Luka Modric, and Real Madrid seems to be his destination. Modric nearly went to Chelsea last summer but Spurs chairman managed to hold them off on deadline day.
This time he will have to accept that Modric is desperate to move after Spurs failed to secure a place in the Champion’s league. The player was also close to Harry Redknapp who was sacked as manager of the team earlier this summer.
Madrid have faced competition from Manchester United and Manchester City, along with Chelsea but have almost won the battle. Reports claim that Modric will soon sign for Madrid in exchange for Nuri Sahin and 25 million euros.
Jose Mourinho still likes the Turkish international midfielder but his career at Madrid has stalled due to injuries and strong competition for places. Tottenham have agreed to the deal for two reasons. They have an instant replacement in 23-year old Sahin, and Modric will not be playing for one of their league rivals.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has urged Modric to join the Chelsea revolution, but Modric has set his heart on the Spanish La Liga and the chance to play for Mourinho. He will fit perfectly in to the midfield for Madrid and should help to keep Madrid at the very top of Spanish football for years to come.
Christiano Ronaldo was the star of the show as Portugal beat the Czech Republic 1-0 to go through to the semi-finals of Euro 2012. It took Madrid’s goal machine until 12 minutes from the end of the match to score tho winner, but it was worth the wait.
It had begun to look like it was not going to happen after Portugal created a host of chances without finding the back of the net. Ronaldo himself had already hit the post twice and must have been getting frustrated.
He was determined to make his mark, though, and his movement and powerful header from a great run and cross by Joao Moutinho finally gave Portugal the lead they deserved.
Without Tomas Rosicky from Arsenal pulling the strings in midfield, the Czech Republic had to be content with containing their opponents. Petr Cech of Chelsea made some good saves and Portugal struggled to find a breakthrough until Ronaldo finally registered.
Fabio Coentrao had a fantastic game at left back and looked more like a left winger for most of the match. Maybe Jose Mourinho should only play him for Real Madrid against teams that will sit back, because he was involved in most of Portugal’s attacking play.
Pepe was solid and reliable as usual and is becoming one of the best centre backs in the world. He has controlled his aggression very well so far in the competition and hopefully will carry on next season for Madrid.