Modric revealed he came close to moving to Chelsea in 2011

Modric revealed he came close to moving to Chelsea in 2011

The Croatian midfielder got to meet Roman Abramovich to move from Tottenham to the Blues.

Luka modric revealed that he had conversations with the owner of Chelsea, Roman abramovich, in 2011 for a possible transfer from Tottenham. The Croatian midfielder admitted that at that time he was interested in moving to the team of Stamford Bridge, but the Spurs rejected an offer of 22 million euros.

“With the 2010-11 Premier League season over, I was ready for my summer break. But they didn’t last long as my agents, Vlado Lemic and Davor Curkovic, conveyed Chelsea’s desire to sign me,” wrote the footballer in Luka Modric: My Autobiography, which is being serialized by The Guardian.

He added: “I was open to the idea of ​​moving, but then things happened at lightning speed. First, (my wife) Vanja and I took a private jet from Zadar to Cannes, where my management team was waiting. “

“It was all very exciting. Twenty people, who seemed to be part of the security detachment, met us on the boat. It was fast and well organized; just as we were settling into one of the luxury decks, Abramovich appeared. He was accompanied by his wife Dasha and his son. I was fascinated by the discreet disappearance of all the security officers just as he arrived. It was obvious that they were well trained, their timing was perfect, “said Modric.

“He didn’t beat around the bush and said: ‘We know you are a quality player. I would like you to sign for Chelsea.’ He had gone to his yacht to speak, so it was clear that I wanted the same,” he admitted.

And he acknowledged that “my feeling was that it was time to move. I wanted to fight for trophies and win titles, and I felt that this would not happen if I stayed in Tottenham. I wanted to move to a more ambitious club.”

“‘Do you think Tottenham will resist your transfer? Will they resist?’ Abramovich asked. ‘I think the negotiations are going to be difficult’, I replied, because I knew that the clubs were not on good terms, “he continued.

Modric stayed at Tottenham for one more season before he was granted passage to Real Madrid, where he spent the last eight years and won the Ballon d’Or in 2018.

“I did not know if Levy (Tottenham president) would agree to sell me. But I was convinced that it was time to move on, towards a new and bigger challenge. After four wonderful years, during which we felt at home in England, Vanja and I knew that life had come to an end “, closed the Croatian.

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