Ancelotti pours cold water on Modric’s move to Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that there is no truth in the rumours that Luka Modric will be leaving Real Madrid this season.

The 27-year-old had been linked with a move to Manchester United dating back in 2011 before he joined Madrid and the rumours resurfaced after an indifferent first year in Spain.

But Ancelotti has vetoed his move away from the Bernabeu and stated that Modric will be an important player for Madrid next year.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Ancelotti said: “It is not true that Modric is going. He is a very important player for us and he will be here this season.”

The Croatian midfielder had a shaky first campaign at Madrid but recovered from being named the worst signing of the year with improved performances in the second half of the season.

United were very keen to sign Modric before he moved to Spain in a £33 million deal as Daniel Levy refused to sell to a domestic rival.

This year, Modric’s cameo in the UEFA Champions League fixture at Old Trafford turned the game on it’s head to remind us just why we were keen to secure his signature before his Spanish move.

With Madrid investing heavily in new midfielders such as the Spanish U21s Aser Illarramendi for £34 million, Modric faces a battle for game time in a very strong squad.

Ancelotti’s insistence that Modric will be an important player for him next season will give the Croatian some confidence and back in his time as Chelsea manager, Ancelotti was a known admirer of Modric.

However, Ancelotti said a similar thing about Gonzalo Higuain just a week before he moved to Napoli.

“Not true [Higuain leaving], I don’t have any news about this,” he said.

“I think that now we have to speak about Higuain as a Real Madrid player. He is a fantastic player and a fantastic striker who took one minute to score tonight.

“I spoke to him this week. He is a Real Madrid player and until we have news we have to consider him as a Real Madrid player and I would like him to stay with us.

‘He is very important to us and nothing else – it is not my business to judge the price of a player.”

So, Ancelotti’s statement that Modric won’t be leaving Madrid may have to be taken with a cynical eye.

But with the Thiago deal missed, Fabregas looking less likely and now Modric now seemingly out of the picture, United are fast running out of world class midfield targets in this summers window.

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