Updated: 27/08/2012 19:08 | By pa.press.net

Modric completes Madrid move



Luka Modric has penned a long-term deal with Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid

Luka Modric has penned a long-term deal with Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid

Luka Modric has completed his transfer to Real Madrid after signing a five-year contract with the Spanish champions.

Tottenham are reported to have received £33million for the Croatia playmaker, who passed a medical at the Bernabeu on Monday morning.

"I'm very happy, honoured and proud to be at the biggest and best club in the world. I'm very excited," Modric said.

Tottenham are losing one of the Barclays Premier League's most creative players, who had also been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea during the past year.

Modric joined Tottenham from Dinamo Zagreb for £16.5million in 2008 and was highly influential under former manager Harry Redknapp. With Modric pulling the strings, Spurs secured two top-four finishes in the Barclays Premier League and qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 2010.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder also impressed during their European campaign, alerting Chelsea and United who were unsuccessful in attempts to sign him. However, Spurs' failure to qualify for this season's Champions League and the interest of Real Madrid meant his time at White Hart Lane was over.

Modric, who was left out of Tottenham's squad for the opening two games of the season, was determined to leave White Hart Lane as soon as he heard of Real's interest.

"I chose the Spanish league because it's one of the best leagues in the world," he said at a press conference at the Bernabeu. "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. This is the best club in the world, with the best coach, the best players.

"Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso - I look forward to playing with them. I'm ready for anything and I've come here to win a place in the starting team. I know that will be hard but I believe I have the qualities needed to play here. I want to help the team win titles."

55Comments
27/08/2012 15:17
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Spurs now have the funds to pay off AVB in 2 months.
27/08/2012 16:18
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just another poor excuse for an ungreatfull unloyal player.
with footballers today it's about money not playing.
people can say he wants to win trophies and to win things, but if your not playing you don't win things or achieve what your able to achieve.
players go to clubs for money sit on the bench or even in the stands and waste there career just to say they won a cup or league.
unless your playing week in week out you have not achieved that.
tottenham should now realise players like dawson, huddlestone are worth there weight in gold for there loyalty and passion for playing for a club.
modric is another berbatov he looked spurs best player at utd cant even get on the bench.
loyal english players adds to a happy dressing room and club.

27/08/2012 20:38
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Spurs are better off without a player who does NOT want to be at the club. Simple as that.
27/08/2012 16:50
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Great piece of business done there by Spurs, no way was he was worth the reported £33 million

27/08/2012 16:38
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Tottenham are reported to have received £33million for the Croatia playmaker.

Well all the best mate .

 

You played yr part in some great games , but threw the  towel in many months ago .

 

Now , Levy re invest £30 Mill in a replacement to compliment players who want to play for the whites !!

Bale ,Lennon , even addy was a snip at £5 mill  things are on the up  early days to write us off just yet.

 

 

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 What I cannot understand about Spurs, is they do buy some cracking players but they do not capitalise or build a team around their great players. Last early last season Spurs were a fabulous side, and were unlucky not to beat City when they played. If Levy had invested say a hundred million quid in new talent, Spurs may have won the league they were that good. I am making fair comment and no way do I dislike Spurs, or any other London team come to that.
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Only one point separated Arsenal and Spurs last season, and of course Spurs finished higher than Chelsea in the table. So anybody that calls Spurs mediocre wants their brains testing. What is it with you cockney rivals, you have more hate for each other than us Liverpool fans do for United.
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Spurs certainly have a pile of cash to spend on young talent. Who knows who or what they will end up buying.
27/08/2012 15:53
27/08/2012 15:45
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Hazard cost around the same so don't see Chelsea complaining on this one, still don't see the logic of this transfer as they have khedira, sahin, alonso and you just need one good passer but they have three doing similar things. I don't think modric has the passing range to beat Barcelona so don't see how this will work even if they play the counter with ronaldo. I can see why he bought sneijder to inter as they were lacking range in passing and the killer pass outside penalty box but in this instance they have better alternatives. If they really want to push Barcelona mourinho should have bought someone that can run past defenders even neymar is a good prospect.
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i  wouldnt write them off just yet.

Plenty of money now to strengthen the forward line.

 

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Does anyone know if  John Westlake  has always been a k.u.n.t or did he take lessons ? I suspect the chav creature that is his mother dropped him on his head when he was a baby.
27/08/2012 21:06
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Well I hope those words don't come to bite him on the bum eh!
28/08/2012 07:36
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At last, this boring saga is over!
28/08/2012 06:17
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i look at comments and then realise who know football inside out .(not many)  A player should never stop at a club when they are not happy playing there because of various reasons so good luck Modric  hope things turn out right for you ...
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E E TURD, HERD, enjoys making a fool of himself, and he may also be a masochist because Christopher Williams, and myself whip his arse all the time.
28/08/2012 09:10
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another one going to a 2 team league for a big payday! we would all do the same , it's a short career in football.
27/08/2012 22:49
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used tottenham as a stepping stone to riches , bye bye
28/08/2012 09:00
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