Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that in demand Croatian midfielder Luka Modric will not be permitted to leave the club this summer.
27-year-old Modric, who joined Real from Tottenham Hotspur last summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £33 million, is reportedly a transfer target for both Arsenal and Manchester United.
As the focus at the Bernabeu fixes upon trying to secure the signature of Welsh starlet Gareth Bale, rumours have circulated that a number of fringe players may leave the club. Ancelotti, however, denies the club will allow Modric to depart.
Ancelotti told journalists: “It is not true that Luka will leave. All the players are very happy to be here and working well.
“We have not spoken about any player leaving, so it’s not true that Modric will leave. He’s very important to us. He will play here this season.”
Modric initially struggled to make an impact under Jose Mourinho during the initial stages of the 2012/13 season, but his influence certainly grew as the campaign wore on. He made 33 La Liga appearances in total, scoring three goals.
He has been most strongly linked with Premier League champions United, with David Moyes apparently identifying Modric as a viable option after cooling their interest in Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
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