Luka Modric has revealed how close he was to signing for Newcastle United before joining Spurs instead.
“I heard a few rumours at the time that Newcastle were thinking about taking me there, like many other teams, but I don’t remember anything in particular.
“People were speaking about it and I think Kevin Keegan once gave an interview on the subject. I heard that.”
Modric could have been a great signing
Indeed, the St. James’ Park faithful were reportedly on the verge of signing Modric from Dinamo Zagreb all the way back in 2008 before he eventually signed for Tottenham Hotspur instead.
Would Modric have had as good of a career if he joined Newcastle?
Nonetheless, he would have been a great signing for the North East club given what he has achieved in the beautiful game.
A true icon of the Premier League, Modric scored 13 goals and made a further 21 assists in 127 games over the course of four consecutive terms in the top flight (Transfermarkt).
Modric reached another level at Real Madrid
Despite his impressive play in north London, Modric has reached another level entirely for Los Blancos since moving away from England’s highest division.
The Croatia international has won the UEFA Champions League no fewer than four times, as he has also claimed two La Liga titles and won the Ballon D’Or in 2018 in recognition of his services (Transfermarkt).
Modric is also an international icon
Indeed, Modric is also an international icon for his country, scoring 16 goals in 129 appearances for Croatia’s senior team, as the 35-year old even captained them to a FIFA World Cup final in 2018, in where they lost out 4-2 to France (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, there would be a debate as to whether he would have reached the same heights at St. James’ Park, but there is no doubt that he would have been a class signing for the Magpies.
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