Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric insists he will remain at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond this summer, despite speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea. It was reported that former Madrid boss, José Mourinho, was keen on bringing the Croatian to west London.
The 27-year-old former Tottenham star admitted there was interest in his services but ruled out any move away from the Spanish capital.
"I'm not even thinking about the possibility I could leave Madrid this summer, but there is interest from other clubs. Every kid who plays football dreams about playing for Real Madrid. It was the same with me," Modric pointed out.
The midfielder also stated he remains a big fan of Mourinho and his coaching methods and expressed his disappointment at the Portuguese tactician's exit. The 50-year-old was relieved of his position after a disappointing league season.
"Of course I was sad when Jose Mourinho left. He was the one who insisted [on] bringing me to Madrid. He is a fantastic coach and I am honoured to have worked with him. He really impressed me," Modric stressed.
"It's such a pleasure to play in his team and talk with him about football. I wish him all the best in Chelsea. I believe he will use all his knowledge and expertise at Stamford Bridge once again," the player added.
Modric joined Madrid from Tottenham last summer for £33m, after spending four years with the north London outfit.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea winger Florent Malouda feels the club will win more trophies under Mourinho. The Europa League champions won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups during the Special One's first spell in charge of Stamford Bridge.
"He is a good coach and will take Chelsea to the top. Though Mourinho did not fare too well at Madrid he is the right man for the Chelsea job and can push the club to win more titles. He has been there before and he knows the players, the fans, the management and of course the Premier League terrain so well, so it will not be a problem for him," Malouda said.