Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is adamant midfielder Luka Modric is not leaving the club despite links of a move to Inter.
The front page of Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport suggested on Thursday that the Croatian international had given the green light to a transfeer to the San Siro, and was pushing for a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, Perez has wasted no time in answering the speculation and insists Modric will remain in the Spanish capital – unless the Serie A giants cough up €750m
“Modric is not leaving Real Madrid. He is not leaving this club unless someone pays the €750m release clause in his contract and not a euro less,” affirmed Perez, in comments reported by Marca.
Unless Modric states for a fact that he wants to leave then it now seems highly unlikely he will depart the Santiago Bernabeu, given Inter are unable to afford the 32-year-old.
According to the Italian newspaper, Modric’s wife – who also acts as his agent – is open to a move away from Spain, but the €9m-a-year he earns there is likely to make him stay put.
In addition, Madrid might now consider renewing his current agreement as an incentive for him to remain with club, with whom he has won four Champions League trophies, a La Liga title, a Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and three FIFA Club World Cups.