Jarni: Modric move wise for Real

Croatian legend Robert Jarni believes Luka Modric would fit in well at Real Madrid.

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Modric's current employers, Tottenham, face an uphill struggle to keep the player at White Hart Lane as Modric is keen to feature in the Champions League next season. A host of suitors including Premier League rivals Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City as well as La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have been linked to the midfielder. 

Spanish champions Real are believed to be leading the race for Modric's signature, although latest reports indicate that the Croatian is growing weary of drawn out talks with Los Blancos. Nonetheless, Jarni has encouraged both parties to attempt to reach a resolution, as he considers the transfer to be mutually beneficial.

"It is difficult to know how he will react when he arrives, we must see where he is going to play and what Mourinho thinks of him," Jarni said to AS.

"He's a very humble guy, with his feet on the ground and, as a player, he has a lot of quality. Luka has the profile of a Madrid player. I think he has an extraordinary quality."

Jarni also made the jump from the Premier League to Spain, when he left Conventry City for Real, but he struggled to establish himself in Los Blancos' starting 11. Although the former left wingback realizes that Modric might face the same challenge, he believes the playmaker's qualities will see him through once he is given the opportunity.

"Whether he will be a starter or not, or if he [Mourinho] will want to rotate him. All that must be taken into account because Madrid have quality players.  What I will say is that his way of playing and seeing football matches ties in well with Madrid and the Spanish League. If confirmed, his move will raise the level of team play. It seems a wise move on the part of Madrid," Jarni stated.

"There are several options, you can play him with Xabi [Alonso] or [Sami] Khedira. If Mourinho plays with a 4-2-3-1, he can be the playmaker. In addition, he spent two years playing down the left-hand side with the national team. But I have to confess that he did not have as much of an impact as in midfield."

Sources in Spain indicate that Tottenham have requested for a 40 million Euro bid for Modric, but Real are keen to lower the price tag to 35 million Euros by throwing in central defender Ricardo Carvalho.

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