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Sport Real Madrid: When Luka Modric tried to sign Mateo Kovacic

11:40  30 october  2020
11:40  30 october  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Inter Milan are plotting to resign Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid in the summer. Inter tried to sign the Croatian back in the summer window but were rebuffed by Madrid , who still see the 33-year-old as a valuable Kovacic is reported to be Inter's alternative option if they fail to sign Luka Modric again.

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Between 2015 and 2018 Mateo Kovacic played for Real Madrid. This was preceded by the intensive efforts of fellow countryman Luka Modric. Real Madrid's

midfielder Luka Modric has revealed that he played a key role in signing Mateo Kovacic from Inter Milan in the summer of 2015.

"We played Inter in China [pre-season, editor's note]. I was on the bench and kept an eye on Kovacic's excellent performance. We won 3-0, but Kovacic was the topic of conversation," recalled the 35 -year-old Croat in his autobiography published in August: "After the game we flew to Shanghai, where we had a game against Milan. On the plane I saw President Florentino Perez, who was also very impressed by Kovacics."

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Inter tried to sign Modric last summer after his stellar season and World Cup but could not agree a Another target for Inter is fellow Croatian midfielder Luka ModricCredit: Getty - Contributor. Kovacic joined Chelsea on a season-long loan but there is no option to buy him from Real MadridCredit: Getty

Julen Lopetegui is convinced Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic will be "very happy" playing for Real Madrid this season after becoming the subjects of intense transfer speculation. Modric and Kovacic will be very happy to stay at Real Madrid , promises Lopetegui.

Modric saw "that the President was fascinated by Kovacic's abilities." When he suggested that the then 21-year-old midfielder be signed, Perez simply replied "maybe next year". "Then someone else will get hold of him," Modric looked back on his efforts.

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Real Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo was also enthusiastic about Kovacic

So Modric persisted. "After dinner, I passed President Perez's table. I mentioned Kovacic again, and this time it was clear that he was interested," the 2018 runner-up said. The then Real star Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Rafael Benitez were also impressed by the performance of the Inter player.


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There is doubt surrounding Mateo Kovacic 's future after the player gave an interview in which he At such a high price, any side who would want to sign Kovacic would be left with no choice but to For several months now there has been uncertainty surrounding Kovacic , with the player unhappy with

Florentino Perez will not agree to selling Mateo Kovacic unless the midfield really pushes his case to leave, yet the former Internazionale star is caught between patience and Real aren't interested in losing a player they believe will take over from Kroos/ Modric when the time comes, however they will

After returning from the preparatory tour, managing director Jose Angel Sanchez Modric finally approached Kovacic. "He asked me what I think of Mateo, not just as a player but as a person. I told him I thought the best of him and I also noted that Real Madrid should sign him as soon as possible. It was It was clear that Real were pulling out all the stops to bring Kovacic to Madrid. Three weeks after the game in China, he signed in Madrid! I was happy, "wrote the Croatian international. The Madrilenians transferred 38 million euros to the Nerazzurri .

Kovacic only stayed in Madrid for three years

In 2018, Kovacic's engagement with Los Blancos came to an end after 109 competitive games, three goals and eight assists. He moved on to Chelsea, initially on loan, before signing for 45 million euros in 2019 .

"It was difficult for me in the last few years when I played little. Especially in the important games. I came to Inter Milan when I was 18 and Real Madrid when I was 21. It all happened a little too quickly. It's difficult for a young player to get continuity at Real Madrid, "Kovacic said when he made his move.

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Still, he did "I really enjoyed the three years in Madrid, but I wasn't completely happy because I couldn't bring myself to the max."

With Real, the now 26-year-old won the Champions League and the championship, among other things.

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