What a year it has been for Luka Modric.
While the Croatian might not look back too fondly on the events of July 15th, there is plenty more for him to proud of.
Despite coming up just short at the World Cup, Modric was named the player of the tournament after playing a massive role in guiding Croatia to the final.
His performances brought him right up amongst the front-runners for the Balon d’Or and he looks a good little bet to break the duopoly that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have held over the famous trophy for so long.
Add to that the fact that he won yet another Champions League, and you begin to understand just how incredible a year it has been for the diminutive midfielder.
However, after several very successful years with Real Madrid, it looks like Modric’s head has been turned after approaches from a certain Italian club.
Inter Milan have made it no secret that they wish to sign Modric, but, after losing Ronaldo to Juventus, Madrid are in no mood to sell.
That certainly hasn’t stopped the Italians from trying though, but after various reports from Spanish publications including Marca and La Cadena, Madrid have decided to put a stop to the pursuit once and for all.
That is because it is reported that the Spanish superclub are considering reporting Inter to the authorities for an illegal approach for Modric, having apparently spoken to the player before approaching the club.
The two clubs have been known to have a good relationship over the years but Madrid have been thoroughly unimpressed with their Italian counterparts in the last few weeks.
The next few days could be interesting as it looked for all money that Modric had his heart set on a move to Italy.
Madrid really have found themselves in a very unusual position this summer and it’s not surprising that they have taken so long to react.
They are normally the ones doing the poaching but have been left well and truly flustered by the loss of Ronaldo and potential loss of Modric too.
As a result, they are fighting tooth and nail to hang on to their midfield general.