Luka Modric has left Tottenham Hotspur to join Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants finally completed the signing for the 26-year old Croatian international who still had a contract at Spurs until 2016. He will sign a 5-year contract at Los Merengues.
The transfer fee involved is officially undisclosed, but the deal is estimated to be worth £33m consisting of a £27m initial fee plus an additional £6m in various add-ons.
Luka Modric joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 from Dinamo Zagreb. Spurs paid a club record £16.5m for him.
Modric made 159 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 17 goals and providing 26 assists. He was voted Player of the Season in the 2010-11 season by One Hotspur members.
Modric already wanted to leave Spurs last season amid serious interest by London rivals Chelsea. Speculation and rumours about a possible transfer continued throughout the Summer. However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy stood firm and said Modric would not be sold “at any price”.
It took Real Madrid and Spurs all Summer to agree a fee for Modric. There were more suitors for the player but Spurs were not keen on selling to Premier League competitors like Chelasea and Manchester United, leaving only Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain as potential suitors. The latter virtually ruled themselves out after signing Brazil’s Olympic silver medal winner Lucas Moura for an astronomical fee of €43m.
Modric will face a difficult task to establish himself as a permanent fixture in Madrid’s starting XI. He faces competition from top class players like Mesut Özil, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira and Kaká. The latter is likely to return to his former club AC Milan as Real are looking to further streamline their squad.
Meanwhile Spurs are looking for a replacement with Porto’s João Moutinho being André Villas-Boas’ clear favourite. Other players that have been linked with a move to Spurs are Yann M’Vila of Stade Rennais and AS Roma’s Miralem Pjanic.