Jose Mourinho was managing Real Madrid back then. Mourinho urged the ‘Los Blancos’ board to sign Luka Modric. The Croatian arrived at Bernabeu the following season for £30 million and the rest is history.
The 25-year-old midfielder has won everything to be won at club level in Spain. He was part of the squad that won La Decima, La Undecima, La Duodecima and the first team in history to win three back-to-back Champions League. However, the start to his Real Madrid career was shaky.
Modric was signed in the Summer transfer window of 2012. He won his first trophy a mere 36 hours after signing for Real Madrid. However, he missed out on pre-season training. Thus, not starting for Los Blancos right away. The ability and presence of Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira also kept him on the benches other than the odd out-of-position starts. He was voted as the Worst Signing of the Season by Spanish outlet Marca.
LUKA MODRIC: THE BIG PICTURE
After being named the Worst Signing of the Season, Modric admitted to struggling in the Capital of Spain. However, he bounced back and never seemed to be out-of-depth ever again.
With the arrival of new boss Carlo Ancelotti, Modric starting becoming the first name on the teamsheet. And after winning the UCL four times and La Liga twice, Modric is still the first name on the teamsheet. Luka Modric is now synonymous with the word Consistent.
The Croatian is also the first player to break the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi monopoly on the Ballon d’Or. He won it back in 2018 for his role in Real Madrid’s 13th UCL win and for taking Croatia to the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
MODRIC AND MOURINHO:
The Croatian has spent 8 years in the Capital of Spain wearing the pristine White Kit. His contract expires in June 2021 but he is allowed to talk to other clubs in January.
“Mourinho played a vital role; he was determined to bring me to Real, insisting on the transfer even when the Real officials lost their patience with Levy.”– Luka Modric on Mourinho’s role in bringing him to Real Madrid.
Luka Modric doesn’t want to leave Real Madrid but he’s not against the idea either. Jose Mourinho, who brought him to Real Madrid, now seems to be after him again. This time for Tottenham Hotspur.
“I’ve said many times and I’ll say it again, I’m very happy at Madrid and I’d love to end my career here, but let’s see what happens.”– Luka Modric on leaving Real Madrid.
According to reports in Spain, Mourinho has called Modric to tap him up. The idea of playing in the Premier League might just entice Luka Modric to come back to The Lilywhites. If he decides to join Spurs, he will be reunited with ex-teammate Gareth Bale who joined the club on loan in the Summer transfer window.
It is clear how much Jose Mourinho means to Luka Modric. However, it is yet to be seen if Luka Modric will leave Real Madrid or not. However, a signing like Modric would push an already spectacular Tottenham side to finally win some trophies.
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