Butragueno welcomes Luka deal

Modric has long been linked with a move to Madrid, but the

switch was only finally completed on Monday when the Croatia

international passed his medical and signed a five-year contract at

the Bernabeu in a transfer that will reportedly see the Spanish

champions pay Tottenham ?33million.

The signing comes following a less-than-successful start to the

season for Jose Mourinho’s team, who have taken just one point from

their opening two Primera Division games and lost the first leg of

the Spanish Supercopa to Barcelona.

Last night’s defeat to local rivals Getafe left Madrid five

points behind arch-rivals Barca in the standings, but Butragueno

has said there is no relation between that and the addition of


“We would’ve liked Luka to be here before and it was yesterday

when we finally closed the deal. It has nothing to do with the

results,” said Butragueno, a legendary former striker at Madrid and

now the club’s director of international relations.

He also told Modric: “We are convinced that with your talent and

quality you are going to help us achieve our goals.”