Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric opines that anything but the elite club is a step down.
The player said this after his teammate James Rodriguez completed a two year loan deal to join German giants Bayern Munich.
The 25-year old was not the top choice for Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. The Columbian wanted more game time but since he knew there were several options in place, he opted to join the ambitious German side.
Rodriguez featured in 22 league games, starting 13 of them. He was ignored in the biggest games in the Champions League. In the final in Cardiff, he did not even get a minute. He had joined from Monaco for a whopping £63 million after impressing in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Several Premier League sides like Manchester United and Manchester City were linked to the player. Even defending champs Chelsea. (more…)
Zinedine Zidane denies that James Rodriguez not being there in the practice session today had anything to do with the speculations of his transfer to Manchester United.
It’s been understood that Madrid and United are very close to striking a deal for the Colombia international and he should be on his way to Old Trafford very soon.
But, Zidane refuses to talk about that and says that the only reason why Rodriguez didn’t practice was that he had caused himself a bit of an injury.
Zidane does not think it is the right time to discuss the possibilities of Rodriguez’s or anyone else’s transfer. In his opinion, it’s time to concentrate on the games which are remaining because all the remaining games carry a huge amount of importance for Madrid.
Madrid can be the domestic as well as the European Champions this season, but, to make that happen, they will have to win thrice on the trot from here on and Zidane has urged his boys to pull their socks up for that. (more…)
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has praised Modric contribution to his team.
He said that the Croatian international is an important member of the team and that when he plays well it is the whole team that benefits.
The French manager was speaking after the match against Eibar which saw Real Madrid scored 4 goals. The crowd was indeed delighted by the performance of the former Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder and applauded him when he was substituted in the 70th minute.
Zinedine Zidane said that he was happy with his team performance and believes that they are ready to fight for the title. He admitted that they have been through a tough period in recent weeks but believes that things have changed now.
Zidane said that it is important for the club to have Luka Modric back in the team as he lifts the whole team. The Croatian international has made only 15 appearances so far this season because of repetitive injuries. (more…)
Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric is not impressed with talks of incorporating video technology in football.
The former Tottenham Hotspur talent did not hide his feelings, slamming the tech for causing “confusion” when it was tried in the recently concluded Club World Cup in Japan. The Czech Republic international opined that he does not want the video ref to be included in the game.
Real Madrid and their opponents Club America had quizzical looks on when the referee called back play during a game in the CWC after Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second goal in the 93rd minute. The quizzed looks was because of a new law that was being tested. The referee had received a notice from the video referee who wanted to confirm if the Madrid forward was onside when he reached the ball. (more…)
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has revealed that he would be happy if Coach Jose Mourinho brings Luka Modric to Old Trafford.
The Welsh football legend is definitely a fan of the Real Madrid star and wants the player to join his former club. Giggs made the disclosure at a UEFA press conference last weekend in Zagreb as he toured with the Champions League trophy being an ambassador. The final is poised to happen in Cardiff next year, and Giggs has been actively promoting the tournament.
“Croatia have great players and my current favourite is Modric. I would love him to join Manchester United,” Giggs said when asked about the Croatian player he admires the most.
Modric was a star at Tottenham Hotspur and was strongly linked with a transfer to United but the current 31-year old eventually moved to Spain in 2012. He has been sterling at the Santiago Bernabeu. His impressive performance earned him a new deal this month. His deal with Real Madrid was extended by four years, and the player revealed that it was his wish to end his career at the club. (more…)
Manchester City received a shocker when 19-year old Croatian youngster rebuffed their interest in him, reports claim.
Ante Coric was set for a move to the Etihad to play under Pep Guardiola but he tunred down the move despite City dropping as much as £15 million. He plays for Dinamo Zagreb, and the club were willing to release him for the trip, but after the player discovered that he would not be able to get a shirt
in the current squad yet, he killed the deal.
Coric is one of the hottest names in Croatia, with his style of play similar to that of Croatia senior team player Luka Modric. The Real Madrid star used to be in the Premier League but has gone on to establish a name for himself in Europe as one of the best play makers. The ambitious player wanted more from City, asking for instant invitation to the senior team which City declined. (more…)