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Madrid signs Modric from Tottenham to 5-year deal

 FILE This  Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 file photo shows Tottenham Hotspur's Luka Modric celebrating his goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers during their...
 FILE This Tuesday March 27, 2012 file photo shows Tottenham's Luka Modric during the replay of the English FA Cup soccer match quarter final between ...

Britain Soccer Tottenham Modric

FILE This Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 file photo shows Tottenham Hotspur's Luka Modric celebrating his goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers during their...

Britain Soccer Tottenham Modric

FILE This Tuesday March 27, 2012 file photo shows Tottenham's Luka Modric during the replay of the English FA Cup soccer match quarter final between ...

Slumping Real Madrid finally signed Luka Modric from Tottenham to close a summer-long transfer saga, with the Croatia midfielder agreeing to a five-year deal with the Spanish champions.
Modric was in Madrid on Monday for a medical and to sign the deal, which comes at a reported cost of (EURO)35 million ($44 million) to Madrid.
Sunday's 2-1 loss at Getafe _ which confirmed the club's worst start since 1973 _ appears to have spurred Madrid into ending the drawn-out chase. The Spanish giant did not release financial terms of the deal.
The 26-year-old Modric made 160 appearances for the north London club, scoring 17 goals, since joining in 2008 from Dinamo Zagreb for a fee of (EURO)21 million (then $32.7 million). Modric has scored eight goals from 57 appearances with the national team.
"Luka has been a terrific player for us, whilst we preferred not to part with him, we are pleased that it is to Real Madrid," Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said.
Modric's arrival also signals a possible exit for Madrid midfielder Kaka with only a few days remaining before the transfer window closes at midnight Aug. 31. AC Milan is reportedly interested in taking the Brazilian back to the San Siro.
Modric will likely train with his new teammates for the first time later Monday and could make his debut against Barcelona in the return leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday. Madrid trails 3-2 going into the game at its Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Madrid has lost two straight games since opening the Spanish league season with a draw. It is already five points adrift of title rival Barcelona in the standings after just two league games.


Updated : 2021-06-20 18:04 GMT+08:00