Modric tells Tottenham he wants to join Real Madrid

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.

third day of training

Well, not much happened on the third day of the pre-season (hence the very uninspired title of this post, which I do apologize for), so here’s a picture of Raúl Albiol enjoying himself in Menorca to keep you awake for the rest of this post.

The boys got to take a break from the Madrid heat, with only one training session on Wednesday.  Still, it was pretty hot when the afternoon session began at 17:30h.  All of the available first team members (minus Ricardo Carvalho, who once again had permission not to train) were joined by the 13 canteranos who had practiced with them during the two previous days, plus a new edition. Fabinho, an 18-year-old Brazilian rightback, has joined Castilla to make up for the departure of Dani Carvajal.  He comes to us from Rio Ave.

According to Marca, Karim Benzema will report for duty on July 23, the two Germans on July 24, the three Portuguese on July 25 and the five Spaniards on July 28.  Apparently, Cris wants to play in the Eusébio Cup, as Eusébio is one of his idols (if you think back, Eusébio was present as Cris’ presentation three years ago).  And wouldn’t it be nice if Sergio could stay on vacation just a bit longer, so that we can get more pictures like this one?  Random observation: I notice that his friend is wearing a Redskins cap, one that Sergio was just wearing a few days ago.

Other pre-season news:  Oviedo has confirmed the friendly against Madrid on July 24 at the Carlos Tartiere, which will be Madrid’s first game of the season.  However, the kick-off time has not been confirmed yet.  Oviedo (the club) is negotiating with the workers of the control tower at the airport to go off duty later, so that Madrid will be able to return to the capital immediately after playing in the game.  If they are able to come to an agreement, the game will be played at 20h.  If not, the game will be at 19h.

Castilla’s pre-season started on Wednesday as well.  The 11 available players did medical tests in the morning, and then trained in the afternoon.  The only new face was Quini, although according to AS, Madrid is working on signing additional players for Castilla to reinforce the squad.  The names mentioned were Borja García (Córdoba) and Lucas Pérez (Karpaty).  Jesé and Derik will join Castilla on July 25, and some of the players currently training with the first team will return to Castilla once the first team – with some of the canteranos – heads to the U.S. for the American leg of its pre-season.

How come Madrid didn’t give us shirtless photos from the first team’s physicals?  Not fair!  I demand equality!

Real Madrid transfer news 6/7/2012

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.

Real Madrid close to capturing Luka Modric from Tottenham

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.

Real Madrid stars keep Portugal in Euro 2012

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.