History With Spurs: Modric joined Tottenham Hotspur for a record equalling fee of £16.5m including add ons. The fee was equalled to what they paid for striker Darren Bent. The start to his first season in the Premier League was fairly unsuccessful as Juande Ramos, Spurs manager at the time, chose to field Modric in a defensive role which didn’t suit the Croatian midfielder due to his height and stature; however this changed once Ramos was sacked and replaced by Harry Redknapp. Luka Modric was allowed to play either as an attacking midfielder or as a left midfielder which proved to be much more successful for the player. With Redknapp’s reign being successful, Modric continued to play in a favoured attacking midfield role and was key to the exquisite football which Spurs began to play. Modric also contributed greatly to the Spurs Champions League cause. In the 2010/11 Modric was voted the Tottenham Hotspur Fan’s Player of the Year.
Transfer To Chelsea: Initially, in the summer of 2011, Chelsea were interested in Luka Modric and opened the bidding at £22m which was of course rejected. Following this, Chelsea upped their bid to £27m and again the bid was rejected. David Levy (Tottenham Chairman) came out after rejecting the bid stating that Modric wasn’t available at any price. Luka Modric and David Levy had a meeting where the midfielder said he’d welcome a move to London and the pair agreed to consider offers from big clubs. On deadline day, Chelsea made their final offer for Modric of £40m but Spurs refused to budge and so Modric stayed at Tottenham.
Transfer To Real Madrid: Chelsea began the summer with their sights set on Modric but were also joined in competition by Spanish giants Real Madrid. Chelsea interest went flat soon after and is now pretty much dead following the signing of the Brazilian talent Oscar. Real Madrid have held talks with Modric and the Croatian seems keen to join but once again the stumbling block is the fee. Real Madrid’s valuation for the player is somewhere between £28m – £35m which is short of Spurs’ £40m valuation. Redknapp did reveal yesterday that Levy told Modric he could leave for Real Madrid and has warned Tottenham fans to accept it. It seems despite the many hitches, Modric should be able to join the La Liga title holders, providing they can come to some sort of an agreement.
What System Would Real Madrid Play If Modric Joins?
Formation #1: 4-3-2-1 – This formation would see Modric play on the left of a midfield 3. This would suit Modric’s passing style and he would be able to contribute greatly going forward. This formation would rely on the play of Arbeloa and Marcelo. Marcelo being one of the best attacking left backs in the world. Benzema would play as a centre forward with Ozil and Ronaldo needed to provide regular service and assists. The formation would make Real Madrid a tough side to break down but could still attack with venom.
Formation #2: 3-4-3 – This would be an experimental choice to take but could revolutionise football tactics. Benzema and Ronaldo would play as strikers with Ozil playing his favoured attacking midfield role once more. The wingplay would then come from Di Maria and Modric. Modric can operate effectively in this position as he did towards the start of Redknapp’s reign as manager to much success. Khedira and Alonso would act as holding midfielders to maintain the defensive side of things. The defensive trio would be Pepe, Ramos and Marcelo.
Formation #3: 4-2-3-1 – This is the most likely formation that Real Madrid will use. Benzema will play as a lone striker but with the support of Ronaldo, Ozil and Di Maria who are all world-class attacking players. Alonso and Modric would then both play in the central midfield roles. It is likely that Modric would push on more to support Ozil rather than support Alonso. The defence would be a standard back four with Marcelo and Arbeloa once more positioned as fullbacks.
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