Luka Modric agent and Inter head coach speaks out after recent transfer reports in Italian media
Posted: 13 August 2018 Time: 19:00
Cristiano Ronaldo has been a major influence in Luka Modric's new desire to ply his trade in Serie A, according to his agent.
Modric, 32, is widely regarded as one of Europe's best midfielders, which was highlighted by his Golden Ball award at the recent 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Having won nine major titles, including four UEFA Champions League's with Real Madrid, his reported move to Inter came somewhat as a curveball for Real fans - who were still reeling over the departure of their club record goalscorer
The Croatian, who helped his country reach the World Cup final in Moscow last month, remains keen on a move, although a free transfer when his contract expires in 2020 appears more likely with the Italian window closing this week.
Mateo Kovacic's loan move to Chelsea was also a huge indication of Los Blancos desire to keep the gifted playmaker, but this hasn't stopped his agent Marko Naletilic from further comments - who believes Cristiano Ronaldo's £100million switch from the Bernabeu to Juventus has influenced his client.
"The fact Inter Milan tried to sign him and Modric took it into consideration shows the influence Cristiano Ronaldo is already having on Italian football," Naletilic told Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
"For whatever reason, Modric wants to be a star in Serie A with Inter. Let's see. I believe that sooner or later Luka will play in Italy. Like a lot of Croatians his age, he grew up watching Italian football.
Meanhwile, Inter head coach Luciano Spalletti insinuated that it brought pride and somewhat flattery that a player of Modric current stature was open to the idea of joining the Italian club.
"The fact that he has interest in us is a great sign for our project,' he told Sky Sport Italia. "It's not easy to get these type of players. He may not come but our directors still did a great job, so let's see.
"I don't think he will come, because Real Madrid still want to count on him. We're a strong side. If Modric were to join us, we'd be very strong."