In an interview with TalkSPORT this week, Jose Mourinho looked back on the deal that took Luka Modric from North London to Real Madrid, revealing how difficult it was to deal with Tottenham and Daniel Levy.
The Special One claimed that he asked the Los Blancos president, Florentino Perez to buy Modric from Spurs but added that he does not want to remember it.
However, Mourinho said that once the Croatian magician arrived in Spain he was amazing and had plenty of nice words to say about Modric’s career and his personality away from the pitch.
Although the fee seems minuscule now, Madrid paid around £30m for Modric back in 2012 and he has gone on to win an array of trophies with them in the decade that followed.
Mourinho even added that he and others of love football will be ‘very sad’ when Modric decides to hang up his boots.
He said: “Luka is one of those players who when he ends his career in a couple of years or so, people like us who love football, we are going to be very sad.
“He’s absolutely fantastic. When I asked Florentino Perez to buy him, I don’t want to remember the occasion because it was really hard to deal with Tottenham.
“In the end, he arrived in Madrid and stayed for ten years at the biggest club with the biggest pressure and absolutely amazing.
“Sometimes you don’t know if he is right or left-footed, the way he analyses everyone around him, it looks like there is no pressure and no players around him.
“The way he thinks is fantastic, then he’s such a humble guy inside the pitch, the way he works for the team. He’s such a humble guy outside.
“I think yesterday when he left the pitch on a substitution at extra-time; I think it was not just the Croatia crowd applauding him, but the whole stadium, even the Spanish ones.
“Luka, in Spain, he plays for Real Madrid and is a player everyone respects. I am so, so happy I was the one to take him to Madrid.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
I have to agree with Mourinho here, modern-day football won’t feel the same without the little Croatian wizard strutting his stuff. He is still one of the most gifted players I have ever seen pull on the Spurs shirt and I think that will remain to be the case for some time.
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