Modric completes Madrid move

Luka Modric has completed his transfer to Real Madrid after signing a five-year contract with the Spanish champions.

Luka Modric has completed his transfer to Real Madrid after signing a five-year contract with the Spanish champions.

Tottenham are reported to have received €41m for the Croatia playmaker, who passed a medical at the Bernabeu this morning.

“I’m very happy, honoured and proud to be at the biggest and best club in the world. I’m very excited,” Modric said.

Tottenham are losing one of the Barclays Premier League's most creative players, who had also been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea during the past year.

Modric joined Tottenham from Dinamo Zagreb for £16.5million in 2008 and was highly influential under former manager Harry Redknapp.

With Modric pulling the strings, Spurs secured two top-four finishes in the Barclays Premier League and qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 2010.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder also impressed during their European campaign, alerting Chelsea and United who were unsuccessful in attempts to sign him.

However, Spurs’ failure to qualify for this season’s Champions League and the interest of Real Madrid meant his time at White Hart Lane was over.

He made 160 appearances for Spurs, scoring 17 goals, and his transfer comes alongside a new partnership between Tottenham and Real.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was reluctant to let Modric, who will wear the number 19 shirt at the Bernabeu, leave.

“Luka has been a terrific player for us and while we preferred not to part with him, we are pleased that it is to Real Madrid, a club with which we now look forward to sharing a long and productive partnership,” said Levy.

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