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Real Madrid close on Modric signing after Tottenham agree deal

Luka Modric. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA wire Luka Modric. Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA wire

Monday, August 27, 2012
9:14 AM

Transfer news: Midfielder set to join Spanish giants

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Luka Modric is set to finally end his transfer saga and sign for Real Madrid after Tottenham Hotspur announced an agreement with the La Liga champions.

A five-year contract is subject to a medical with and it is understood that the Croatian midfielder will undergo a medical in the Spanish capital today.

The clubs have also agreed a new partnership that will see them work together in respect of players, coaches and commercial relationships.

A statement on the Spurs website said: ‘The Club can announce that it has signed a partnership agreement with Real Madrid FC and reached agreement for the transfer of Luka Modric, subject to medical, to the Spanish club.

‘The partnership agreement will see the two Clubs working together in respect of players, coaching, best practices and commercial relationships.

‘Real Madrid FC President, Florentino Perez Rodriguez, said, “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. We are delighted to welcome Luka and look forward to working closely with Tottenham in the coming years.”

‘Daniel Levy, Chairman, Tottenham Hotspur, commented, “Luka has been a terrific player for us and, whilst we preferred not to part with him, we are pleased that it is to Real Madrid, a club with which we now look forward to sharing a long and productive partnership.”

‘Luka made 160 appearances for the Club, scoring 17 goals after joining from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2008.

‘We wish him well for the future.’

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Founded: 1882.

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