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STARTING TO SETTLE?

Ever since Luka Modric made the £ 34 million move from Tottenham to Real Madrid, there have been rumours linking him with a return to the Premier league. He did not settle at the Spanish club in his first season, but he has now become one of the important players midfield especially after the departure of Mesut Ozil. He was voted by the fans as the worst signing last season, but he has now transformed himself and has endeared to the public.

He has not scored a goal for the club this season, but he has already made 10 appearances in all competitions. It has been a virtual ever present in the Madrid team under Carlo Ancelotti. He has been linked to the Premier league with the likes of Manchester United showing a lot of interest. The champions are keen to strengthen the midfield and were linked with numerous players in the summer including Modric. However, they were unable to get him, but they are expected to come in with a second offer in the summer.

Modric, though, has ruled out any possibility of returning now because he feels settled at Madrid. He was recently joined by his former Tottenham teammate Gareth Bale, who has become the world’s most expensive player at £ 86 million.

“I have no doubt that the best thing that ever happened to me in football is to play in Madrid. Where will I be in four years? Here. Besides being a great club, my family feels amazing in Madrid. In football it is difficult to plan, but if you ask me, I would like to retire in Madrid. With titles, of course,” said the midfielder, who failed to win the league title last season. This time around it is going to be difficult as well because they are five points behind Barcelona.

David Moyes eyeing Luka Modric

Croatian international midfielder Luka Modric features heavily in new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti’s plans but Manchester United manager David Moyes hopes to be able to persuade the former Spurs man to leave the Santiago Bernabeu for Old Trafford.

United have already lost out on their primary summer target, Spanish Under-21 international Thiago Alcantara of Barcelona who chose to follow his former boss Pep Guardiola to Bayern Munich after a prolonged chase and with United short of creative midfielders, the United manager believes Modric is the man to provide the spark.

United have also been trailing former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, another Barcelona man with the hope of reuniting him once again with Robin van Persie, a partnership that enjoyed much success at the Emirates Stadium but the club has pinned a lot of their hopes on getting Luka Modric, a player who was targeted by Sir Alex Ferguson before he switched from White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu.

According to reports, United were very close to sealing a deal for the Croatian international but the club’s chairman Daniel Levy spoiled any move for the player by asking for an inflated transfer fee. Modric failed to make much of an impact at Madrid during his first few months at the club with Jose Mourinho using him sparingly but burst onto life after scoring the equalizing goal at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League.

Now, with Mourinho having left the club for Chelsea and Ancelotti taking on the reigns of the club, Luka Modric feels that he has a lot more chance of getting a game at the club but at Manchester United, Moyes can guarantee him a starting berth in the side day in and day out and will be the star man in the United midfield.

MODRIC CHASED BY UNITED

Former Manchester United midfielder Lou Macari has said that the club should look into the possibility of signing Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, who is thought to be unhappy at the Spanish club.

The Croatian arrived at the Santiago Bernebeu in the summer for around £ 35 million, but he has largely been a substitute at the club due to his failure to settle in Spanish football. Modric has been utilised in the less important matches by manager José Mourinho. As a result, he is thought to be unhappy with life in Spain and is willing to look at other options.

Manchester United were credited with enormous interest in Modric by the man utd news site before he moved to Real Madrid. Sir Alex Ferguson were unable to agree a transfer fee with Tottenham. Even though he has failed to live up to the expectations, Macari still thinks that Modric is one of the best midfielders in the world. Due to the retirement of Paul Scholes, United will be having one of their weakest midfielders for several years. Macari thinks that the arrival of Modric could strengthen the United team even further, as they will be preparing for the defence of their league title next season.

The club recently managed to win its 20th league title.

“One name that keeps cropping up is Luka Modric. If they did sign someone like him I’m not sure where they can go wrong. He’s proved that he can do it in the Premier League. He knows what football in this country is about so you don’t need to worry about some of the things you need to think about with other players coming in from abroad. It seems a real possibility that he could join Manchester United,” said Macari in a recent interview. Modric has made just 28 appearances this season.

MODRIC SHOWS HIS CLASS

The former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has been one of the highly criticised players at Real Madrid this season. The Croatian midfielder was brought to the club for £ 35 million, but he has been extremely poor.

However, he more than proved his class by helping Real Madrid progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions league. He scored the first goal for the club in the 2-1 win over Manchester United, which helped Real Madrid progress 3-2 on aggregate. Madrid were in danger of being one of the competition after they were trailing 2-1 on aggregate as a result of the Sergio Ramos own goal in the first half. Keep Reading

NOT AT HIS BEST

The Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has admitted that he has not been at his best in his first six months at Real Madrid. The former Tottenham midfielder was a £ 35 million signing for the Spanish club in the summer. He was expected to straightaway make a huge impression at the club due to the fact that he has been experienced a lot with top-flight football. Modric has been one of the best players for Tottenham in the last four seasons, while he has helped them to finish in the top four positions in two of the last three seasons.

However, he has struggled with form and consistency during the first six months at the Santiago Bernabeu, which has seen him only start a handful of matches. The 27-year-old was recently voted by the Spanish football fans as the worst signing in the summer. Modric has chosen not to make any excuses for his poor performances by saying that there is a lot of pressure when it comes to playing for Real Madrid. He has said that there had been a few good performances from him and he hopes to build on them in the future. The 27-year-old has managed to start only eight matches for the club.

“This is Real Madrid. I understand there is great pressure for new signings to succeed here. I’m not making excuses, I am not that kind of person, but it is very challenging to adapt to life at a big club like Madrid. I have had a few good performances, if not in every game, but I believe that I can prove I have something to offer,” said the midfielder. Real Madrid on a whole have been poor in the league this season, which has seen Barcelona open a 16 point advantage in the table.

MODRIC BACKS MOURINHO

The Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has said that he is confident that the Real Madrid manager José Mourinho will remain at the club after the end of the season. There have been a lot of reports circulating in recent weeks that the Portuguese manager will quit the Santiago Bernabeu after the end of the season. His relationship with the President Florentino Perez has gone beyond repair due to the extremely poor run of form experienced by the team in the league. They are currently 11 points behind the arch rivals Barcelona, which has been deemed simply not good enough by the Real Madrid President.

The club are also not doing too well in the Champions League, which is a source for concern. Luka Modric was one of the signings made by José Mourinho in the summer. Even though he has not been utilised competitive with the manager so far this campaign, Modric is expected to play a key role at the club over the next few years. Mourinho only recently extended his contract with the Spanish club after managing to reclaim the league title from the clutches of Barcelona for the first time in four years. However, it looks like the club will not be able to retain the title, as they are already 11 points behind the Catalan club.

“He has a long contract and I really hope he stays here for a long time. I am progressing and adapting well now,” said Modric, who moved to the Spanish club on a £ 35 million deal from Tottenham, when asked about the future of José Mourinho and his settling process at the club. Due to the presence of players like Angel di Maria and Mesut Ozil, Modric has been unable to get a first-team spot on a regular basis. However, the 26-year-old is extremely confident about his Real Madrid future.

REAL IN THIRD

Real Madrid has moved up to no. 3 in the La Liga points table with the help of a close victory over Levante UD in a La Liga match played at Estadio Cliudad de Valencia on Sunday. Real Madrid won the match by 2-1. This was the sixth victory for Jose Mourinho’s team in the last seven matches. In its first four matches in La Liga, the Real Madrid team looked out of touch, but, after that, Los Blancos have gathered speed and now, they are 5 points behind Atletico Madrid which is at the second position in the points table. Barcelona is at the top of the table with 31 points in 11 matches.

On the other hand, Levante UD has moved down to no. 6 in the points table after this defeat. Levante has 17 points in 11 matches. In Sunday’s match, Real Madrid was on attack right from the outset. Jose Mourinho’s team took the lead in the 21st minute of the match. Madrid got a free kick and Xabi Alonso was given the chance to take the free kick. Alonso played a well placed shot from the left and the ball went to Cristiano Ronaldo who controlled the ball and volleyed it past the Levante goalkeeper to give Madrid a lead of 1-0.

Levante managed to equalize the scores in the 62nd minute of the match. Angel was the one who scored the equalizer for Levante. Obafemi Martins assisted the goal and Angel blasted the ball into the left hand corner of the net.

But, Real Madrid got ahead again a few minutes before the end of the game with the goal of Morata. The Spaniard whipped in a fine stroke and the Levante goalkeeper had no chance to make a save. That proved to be the match winning goal for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid will play its next match against Athletic Bilbao on 17th of November at Santiago Bernabeu.

RAMOS BIGS UP MODRIC

The Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has said that he expects the latest signing of the club Luka Modric to be a huge success at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to the Tottenham news.

Real Madrid recently secure the signing of the Croatian midfielder for a fee thought to be the region of £ 30 million, which could rise to up to £ 35 million depending upon the success of the player at the club. The Spanish club have been chasing the 26-year-old for quite a while now and they finally managed to get their man on the final day of the transfer window.

The Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has seen enough of the player to be convinced that he is good enough to play for a club like Real Madrid. Also, he expects the Croatian midfielder to be one of the best players at the club after he has settled. Real Madrid have made a poor start to the new season and there have been questions about the commitment of various players. They have already let Barcelona build an eight point advantage at the top of the table. Even though there are still two El Clasico matches remaining, it is still appearing like a very large deficit.

“Luka deserves praise for the game he had. It’s hard to make such a good impression when you arrive at the last minute,” said the defender after the announcement of the signing of the player. Sergio Ramos has been one of the impressive players for Real Madrid over the last few seasons, but he has not had a good start to the new season. He is widely expected to be dropped for the next match by the manager José Mourinho, as he looks to bring back the hunger within the team. Luka Modric was initially linked with Chelsea last season.

Time running out for Modric move to Madrid

Real Madrid manager José Mourinho appears to be becoming ever more frustrated as Luka Modric’s protracted move to the Spanish champions continues to rumble on.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has slapped a £40 million price on the Croatian playmaker’s head, and is refusing to budge from this figure as negotiations continue.

A number of bids have reportedly been made, all of which fail to reach this valuation and have consequentially been firmly rejected.

Most recently a £38 million offer including £8 million in the form of add-ons to be paid over the duration of Modric’s stay has been turned down, as has a part exchange bid involving either experienced Portuguese defensive enforcer Ricardo Carvalho or promising Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin, as the North London side hold out for £40 million up front.

Despite the wantaway midfielder having already agreed terms on a five year contract with Real and attempting to force through a move by refusing to turn up for his side’s preseason tour of America, it appears his chairman’s hard line approach could be testing Madrid’s patience with the transfer.

Indeed, Mourinho has reportedly begun looking at potential alternatives to Modric, with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez highlighting former player Wesley Sneijder as an alternative should a deal fail to materialise.

Sneijder left the Bernabeu for Inter Milan three years ago after enduring a mixed time at the club, but has since enjoyed a renaissance in Italy, and was widely reported to be a top priority target for Manchester United last summer.

Another possibility is 23 year old Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel, who currently plays in Portugal for Benfica and has a growing reputation as one of Europe’s brightest midfield talents.

Modric will be desperate for Madrid to up their bid to seal his dream move to the Spanish capital, but Levy’s stubbornness could result in the talented playmaker spending another year in London instead.

SPURS SET FOR MODRIC TALKS

It has emerged in recent weeks that Tottenham will be holding talks with the star midfielder Luka Modric in an attempt to persuade him to stay at the club. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club for quite a while now, but he has to the extreme step in his attempts to force a move to Real Madrid or PSG. Modric came extremely close to joining Chelsea in the last transfer window for around £ 40 million only for Tottenham to convince him that White Hart Lane was the destination to be. However, the failure to secure Champions League football for the second consecutive season has meant that Modric has grown impatient of life at Tottenham.

He was not part of the Spurs squad that travelled to the United States as part of the pre-season. This led to heavy criticism from the manager Andre Villas-Boas, who said that he is extremely disappointed with the attitude shown by Luka Modric. Even though the Croatian midfielder is the highest earner at the club due to his £ 80,000 per week contract, he is thought to be extremely interested by the opportunity to join Real Madrid where he could earn around £ 150,000 per week.

“I think Modric is wrong. This (refusal to fly) will go against him. He has worsened the situation with what he is doing and now the chairman is very angry,” said Andre Villas-Boas upon the arrival of the Tottenham squad in the United States for their pre-season. It is expected that even though Tottenham will not get the same £ 40 million offer for Modric, a £ 35 million offer would be enough to prize him away from White Hart Lane. PSG and Real Madrid are the clubs showing tremendous interest in signing the player.