Spurs and Real strike Modric deal

The Croatia playmaker has made 160 appearances for Spurs,

scoring 17 goals, and moves for a fee reported to be

?33million.

The transfer is subject to a medical with Modric due to sign a

five-year contract.

“Luka has been a terrific player for us,” said Tottenham

chairman Daniel Levy, who also revealed the clubs have agreed a new

partnership that will see them work together in respect of players,

coaches and commercial relationships.

He added: “While we preferred not to part with Luka, we are

pleased that it is to Real Madrid, a club with which we now look

forward to sharing a long and productive partnership.”

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez welcomed the decision for

the clubs to work more closely together.

“The strong relationship and affinity between our two clubs has

resulted in the cementing of a longer-term partnership and the

successful transfer of Luka Modric,” he said.

“We are delighted to welcome Luka and look forward to working

closely with Tottenham in the coming years.”

The money raised from Modric will fund Spurs’ pursuit of

Brazilians Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk and Internacional’s Leandro

Damiao.