Modric’s Barcelona snub as he hails Madrid ‘best club in the world
The Croatian playmaker finally completed his protracted move to the Spanish champions on Monday, signing a five-year contract after successfully passing a medical at the Bernabeu.
Tottenham will receive £33million for the sale of the 26-year-old – £27m of which will be paid up-front with the rest in various add-ons.
Modric, who will wear the No19 shirt for his new side, is delighted to have finally completed his “dream” move after a protracted saga that saw him skip Spurs’ pre-season tour of the US in a bid to force through the deal.
Now that his future has finally been resolved, Modric can’t wait to get started and is looking forward to linking up with the club’s ‘Galacticos’ including Cristiano Ronaldo.
He had been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United over the past 12 months, but Modric insists there was only ever one club for him.
“I chose the Spanish league because it’s one of the best leagues in the world,” he said. “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.”
Madrid have endured a disappointing start to the season, securing only one point from two league games and losing the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona 3-2.
But Modric is in philosophical mood, and reminded Madrid’s rivals Barcelona – five points clear in the table already – that the title race is a marathon, not a sprint.
“I’ve seen all three games. It’s not important how you start, but how it ends,” he said. “There are still a lot of games to come in all competitions. The important thing is to finish well.”
Meanwhile, former Spurs team-mate Rafael van der Vaart has wish Modric well as he prepares for his new life in Spain at the club he spent two years with prior to his own move to London.
“Sorry to see Luka go. A great player and person! I wish him all the best at my old club #RealMadrid,” he tweeted.