Carlo Ancelotti: Luka Modric will not be joining Spurs or Manchester United
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed rumours linking playmaker Luka Modric with a move away from the club.
The Croatian star has failed to establish himself as a regular starter since moving to the Bernabeu last summer. That has prompted suggestions that he could be used as a makeweight in a deal taking Gareth Bale to Real. In recent days, he has also been touted as a target for Manchester United if the champions fail to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.
But Ancelotti says the 27-year-old will not be leaving.
He said: “It is not true that Luka will leave. All the players are very happy to be here and working well.
“We have not spoke about any player leaving, so it’s not true that Modric will leave.
“He’s very important to us. He will play here this season.”
Real’s business this summer – signing Asier Illarramiendi from Real Sociedad and Malaga’s Isco – appears to have pushed Modric even further down their pecking order.