Manchester United have been dealt yet another transfer blow after Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has stated that Luka Modric will not be leaving the Bernabeu this summer.
Modric, who signed for Real Madrid back in 2012 for a deal worth a reported £33 million, has struggled to reproduce the form that tempted Los Blancos into parting with such a significant sum of money for his services.
David Moyes had turned his attention towards the former Tottenham star after failing in his very public pursuit of Barcelona duo Thiago Alcantara and more recently, Cesc Fabregas.
Whilst United haven't quite given up hope on signing Fabregas - reports suggest they are readying a third bid worth £35 million plus add-ons - they are likely to make the Croatian international their prime target, should a move for Fabregas falter.
However, United are facing up to missing out on yet another target, as Ancelotti has seemingly ruled out any potential deal.
Ancelotti told reporters: "It is not true that Luka is going. He’s very important player for us and he will be here this season."
Madrid's insistence that Modric's future lies at the Bernabeu also suggests that a return to White Hart Lane is not in the offing, with reports suggesting the 27-year-old was going to be used as a makeweight in the Spanish side's pursuit of Gareth Bale.