Jose Mourinho was said to be keen on linking back up with the former Tottenham star after working with the Croatian playmaker during his time at Real Madrid.
In fact, it was Mourinho who advised Real Madrid’s top brass to sign Modric from Tottenham in August 2012 for a fee thought to be around £33million because he was such a keen admirer of the then Premier League star.
Modric’s career at Real Madrid did not get off to the best of starts with the central midfielder struggling to hold down a first-team spot at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However the 28-year-old is now one of the first names on Carlo Ancelotti’s teamsheet after what has been a magnificent season for Modric.
Mourinho was hoping Modric could become the long-term successor to Frank Lampard in the heart of Chelsea’s midfield - but would have become disheartened with news that Real Madrid will not sell their key asset for any price.
A source told Goal: “Modric would be Mourinho’s first choice to improve his midfield in the summer and Roman Abramovich is also a massive fan - but it’s been made very clear that this one is going nowhere.”
Mourinho has reportedly turned his attention to current Tottenham midfielder Paulinho following Real Madrid’s refusal to part with Modric.