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Tottenham Hotspur Dealt With Blow In Pursuit Of Real Madrid Superstar: Blessing In Disguise For Jose?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Marca, as cited by Football.London, Tottenham Hotspur, were among clubs interested in Luka Modric. In fact, Jose Mourinho was reportedly keen on attaining the services of the Real Madrid midfielder, whose contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. However, the new report suggests that Modric is on the verge of signing a contract extension with Los Blancos – effectively diminishing Spurs’ chances of sealing the transfer.

Is Luka Modric Still A Valued Asset For Real Madrid?

Luka Modric has been one of Real Madrid’s finest players over the years, having made 350 competitive appearances for the Spanish giants since 2012. The midfielder has achieved almost everything at the Bernabeu, including four Champions League titles and two La Liga titles. He even won the Ballon D’Or in 2018, becoming the first player to break Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s hegemony over the prestigious trophy for over a decade.

In recent years, however, age has taken a toll on his fitness. In fact, at the age of 35, very few would expect the former Tottenham star to continue performing at the highest level of football.

Yet, Modric has been one of Real Madrid’s main players in the current campaign. As a matter of fact, he has mustered more minutes than any other midfielder in the first-team this season, with the Croatian providing the main creative essence in the final third for Zinedine Zidane’s men.

Tottenham Hotspur, were among clubs interested in Luka Modric - He's still a gem.
EIBAR, SPAIN – DECEMBER 20: Luka Modric of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring their team’s second goal during the La Liga Santander match between SD Eibar and Real Madrid at Estadio Municipal de Ipurua on December 20, 2020 in Eibar, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Tottenham Miss Out On Modric: A Huge Blow For Jose?

While Modric deserves a lot of credit for emerging as one of Real Madrid’s top performers in the ongoing campaign, it is fair to point out that the midfielder could find it difficult to deliver the goods in the Premier League. The league’s physical nature could make it difficult for him to orchestrate the play like he usually does in Spain.

In addition, Tottenham also have too much depth in the creative department at the moment. The recent emergence of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso’s return of form means the Real Madrid star’s potential arrival could be largely redundant, at least from a sporting perspective.

One could argue that Modric will be able to provide Mourinho with a direct replacement for Dele Alli. But it remains unlikely that the Portuguese tactician will require another attacking midfielder, especially someone who hardly has one or two years left in his tank. Hence, missing out on the chase to sign the Croatian international could indeed be a blessing in disguise for Tottenham Hotspur.

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