Monday, 27 August 2012

Modric completes move to Real

After months of speculation, Luka Modric has signed a five-year contract with Spanish champion Real Madrid, completing a move from Tottenham in exchange for a fee of 52.2 million Dollars. 

"I chose the Spanish league because it's one of the best leagues in the world. 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," Modric said in a news conference. 

"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," added Modric, who made 160 appearances for the Spurs, scoring 17 goals. 

Tottenham has lost one of Barclays Premier League's most creative players, who had also been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea during the past year. He joined the Spurs from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008. 

With Modric leading the way, the Spurs secured two top-four finishes in the Barclays Premier League and qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 2010. 

After the Modric deal, Tottenham and Real Madrid also agreed to a new partnership that will see them work together in respect to players, coaches and commercial relationships. 

"Luka has been a terrific player for us and, while we preferred not to part with him, we are pleased that it is to Real Madrid, a club with which we now look forward to sharing a long and productive partnership," Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said. 

"The strong relationship and affinity between our two clubs has resulted in the cementing of a longer-term partnership and the successful transfer of Luka Modric," Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said. 

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