Real Madrid president Florentino Perez recently said Luka Modric would be ready to leave the club if interested buyers are ready to part with a whopping €750m, but new coach Julen Lopetegui insists his star player is not available in the transfer market.
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In the aftermath of Modric’s performance at Russia 2018, speculations on his exit from the Santiago Bernabue have been rife in the media, with Italian club Inter Milan identified as his next destination.
Perez noted that the Golden Ball Winner will not leave Los Blancos unless a release clause of €750m is paid.
Reports from Italy revealed Modric, who has about 2 years left in his current contract with Madrid, has been communicating with Inter management with the hope of making a surprise switch. However, Perez insisted on Thursday during his visit to Madrid’s preseason training camp in the USA that Modric ‘will not move unless they pay €750m in full.’
A report from ESPN confirms the 2018 World Cup Player of the Tournament is still holidaying with his wife Vanja Bosnic in Sardinia. The famous footballer’s wife previously worked with his former footballer agent Zdravko Mamic. She is reportedly handling negotiations with Inter.
Modric has been of great service to Madrid and was a prominent part of the club’s four Champions League successes since 2013.
Speaking on the growing speculations, Madrid coach Lopetegui told AS as per Sports Illustrated: ‘My discussion with him [Modric] after his amazing World Cup outing aimed at having back to the club by 8th August, when he is expected to start preparations against the first big goal of the slated for 15 August.
‘I expressed love for him; I’m passionate about him and he knows it…His position in the team is not up for grabs.
‘He [Modric] is a Madrid player and will always be – for now. We enjoy having him among us.’
Inter has offered a £10 million-salary for the Croatian captain if he eventually makes it out of the Santiago Bernabue, Daily Mail reported.