|Luka Modric training with Tottenham|
Luka Modric has joined this morning the Tottenham Hotspur training camp. At 9:30, an hour and a half ahead of schedule, the Croatian player, wished by Real Madrid, came to the old training camps of the English team to meet face to face with the new coach of the Spurs, the Portuguese Andre Villas-Boas. They have gathered and Modric told him about his strong intention to leave Tottenham to join Real Madrid.
The Croatian international came to training at the wheel of a black Bentley. Once inside the facility, Modric has met with Villas-Boas for the first time since the coach was appointed the new manager of Tottenham.
At that meeting, the player has confirmed his decision to leave the squad of the English side for the sole purpose of being transferred to Real Madrid. Modric has made known to the Portuguese coach that his decision is final and can not be reversed, so also has asked Villas-Boas to facilitate the operation and to avoid hampering his departure.
Then, perhaps there will come a time when former Dynamo Zagreb player will also meet Daniel Levy, chairman of Tottenham. Levy is going to be tough in his economic demands on the possible transfer of the Croatian playmaker. The leader will say Modric that if Real Madrid wants him, the price will not be less than 35 million pounds (44 million euros), at least at this point in the summer when there is more than a month to the end of the market.
Both clubs, it seems, will try to play with time becuase they think it runs it for their respective interests. Tottenham will manage the possible move without haste, but is aware that in the end the player will end up leaving. Real Madrid, meanwhile, will use the presence of Modric in London as leverage against Tottenham. Starting today, begins another chapter of this story.