The longest transfer saga of the summer has been concluded after Spurs’ Luka Modric finally put pen to paper on a contract at the Santiago Bernabeu. Tottenham had been reluctant to let the Croatian playmaker leave, but the midfielder has now completed a dream move to Real Madrid for a reported £29 million plus add-ons, which may take the deal up to around £35 million, a little less than Spurs’ asking price of £40 million.
Modric has not kept his desire to make a switch to Spain a secret, boycotting Tottenham’s preseason tour of the United States in an attempt to force the move through, but was ultimately fined two weeks wages by chairman Daniel Levy and promptly made an apology for his behaviour. Croatia’s national team boss Igor Stimac recently lashed out at Levy after claiming that the Spurs chairman broke a promise made to Modric last year involving a move to Real Madrid.
“Daniel Levy promised a year ago that if an offer from Madrid arrived he would let him go,” Stimac told Spanish newspaper AS.
Modric could be in line for a debut in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona, however he is severely lacking in match fitness due to being frozen out at Tottenham, competing in no preseason games or the first two games of the Premier League season. In his time at Spurs, Modric made 173 appearances, scoring 20 goals.