According to the Daily Mail, Spanish champions Real Madrid are planning to take advantage of Tottenham missing out on the Champions League by attempting to acquire the services of Luka Modric.
Tottenham’s place in next seasons Champions League was taken away after Chelsea’s dramatic victory over Bayern Munich on Saturday night, which leaves Spurs playing Europa League football for a second consecutive term.
This could cause problems for Spurs who are again fighting to keep hold of the Croatian playmaker, who is now reportedly considering his future at White Hart Lane this summer with Real Madrid the latest big club to register and interest in the player, along with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
It was only last summer when Modric handed in a transfer request at Spurs as London rivals Chelsea stepped up their advances by making bids up to £40million for the player, bids that were categorically rejected by Chairman Daniel Levy who stated Spurs were no longer a selling club. However this time round it may prove more difficult in convincing Modric to stay, with Chelsea again set to come back for the player as they look to build on their Champions League and FA Cup successes this season.
So whilst Modric holds back the deliberation of where he will ply his trade until after the European Championships. What would be the decision for him this summer with Real Madrid and Chelsea potentially leading the way for his signature?
There is no doubt Real Madrid would offer the riches and the luxury surroundings of Spain – let alone their dominating footballing stature as one of the most successful clubs in world football. However with a wealth of talent in central midfield areas with the likes of Ozil, Xabi Alonso and Khedira mainstays in Mourinho’s starting eleven, would Modric get the same treatment the immense Nuri Sahin has had to deal with after being frozen out since his purchase last summer.
The 26-year-old may be settled in and around the London metropolis but could feel Spurs lack the quality to challenge at the highest level.
Seasoned campaigners both domestically and in Europe, Chelsea will feel they are the ones who can offer Modric the chance to become triumphant as they look to remodel their squad in attempt to build on this season’s eventual success under Roberto Di Matteo.
Then there is the option of staying at Spurs under Harry Redknapp who will be looking to reach the promised land of the Champions League once again. For the majority of the season Spurs were playing some of the best football in the league, finding themselves with an outside chance of challenging for the league title.
However the England/Redknapp saga seemed to affect their momentum, which saw any title ambitions disappear as they fought with North-London rivals Arsenal for a Champions League place.
Their failure to clinch a Champions League spot has led to star players such as Bale refuse to rule out switches in the summer, something Modric will be wary of himself when deciding on what his future holds.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!