Luka Modric back at Real Madrid with rumors rife that he may move to Inter Milan

Will he stay or will he go? Luka Modric is the subject reports linking him to Inter Milan. (AFP)
Updated 08 August 2018
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Luka Modric back at Real Madrid with rumors rife that he may move to Inter Milan

  • World Cup runner-up has just returned to training at the Spanish giants.
  • Inter Milan are reportedly ready to pay big money for the midfield maestro.

Luka Modric returned to training at Real Madrid on Wednesday along with five other World Cup players, against a background of contradictory rumors about his future.
One Spanish sports daily, AS, reported that the midfielder who led Croatia to the World Cup final was subject to a big bid from Inter Milan, while a competing newspaper, Marca said the 32-year-old was about to accept a pay rise from Real and sign a contract extension.
Modric, awarded the Golden Ball as best player at the World Cup, was given a break rather than join Real’s pre-season tour of the US, as were another Croatian World Cup finalist, Mateo Kovacic, who was reported to have traveled to London to join Chelsea, French World Cup winner Raphael Varane and Brazilian duo Marcelo and Casemiro.
On Wednesday, as the Real first team flew back to Madrid after beating Roma in New Jersey on Tuesday night, the club said the World Cup players were in training.
“The Croatian midfielder joined Marcelo, Varane, Casemiro and Kovacic, who did individual work in the gym. The four players trained with nine players from the under-18s,” Real Madrid said on their web site.
Among the conflicting reports, Marca said that Modric, who joined Real in 2012, “did not consider his current salary matched the level of his performances” and that the player, who turns 33 early in September, was about to sign the best contract of his career.
AS said Modric, who has not commented publicly, “foresaw joining Inter.” Marca said “he would stay at Madrid” because “the club intended to increase his salary.”


Chelsea moves into top 4 after draw with Burnley

Updated 23 April 2019
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Chelsea moves into top 4 after draw with Burnley

  • Chelsea moves into the final Champions League qualifying spot

LONDON: Chelsea moved into the Premier League’s top four on Monday with a frustrating 2-2 draw with Burnley.
Goals two minutes apart from N’Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea on top at Stamford Bridge after Jeff Hendrick had given Burnley an early lead.
But Ashley Barnes pulled the visitors even in the 24th minute and Chelsea was unable to get the winner despite dominating possession and finishing with 22 shots.
Chelsea moves into the final Champions League qualifying spot, one point above Arsenal and three ahead of Manchester United, but has played one game more.
Burnley, meanwhile, all but guaranteed its Premier League status for another season.
The Clarets are nine points above Cardiff in the final relegation place with three games left and have a far superior goal difference.