Real Madrid Manager Julen Lopetegui Praises Luka Modric As He Insists The Midfielder Won’t Be Sold To Inter Milan

Luka Modric's future remains up in the air amid interest in the Real Madrid star from Inter Milan

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is confident Luka Modric will remain at the Bernabeu despite interest from clubs in Italy.

The European champions defeated Juventus 3-1 in the International Champions Cup on Saturday night but Modric played no part in the contest.

Reports in Italy have suggested Inter Milan have prepared a bumper salary of £10million for the Croatian playmaker, but Lopetegui says he is going nowhere.

Star playmaker Modric hasn't yet returned to Real following his post-World Cup holiday

The manager echoed the words of club president Florentino Perez, who said only an outlandish bid of £660m would persuade Real to sell Modric.

‘The president has already given an answer, I don’t have much else to add,’ Lopetegui said.

‘Modric’s an extraordinary player, we await him with open arms. I talked to him after his excellent World Cup and we’ll see if he can play on August 15 (against Atletico Madrid in the European Super Cup), our first big objective of the season.

‘I told him he was a player I’m passionate about, I love him and he knows it. He’ll be happy with the proposal he receives here.

‘He’ll be happy to play football, like he already was, at Real Madrid. Luka is a Madrid player and will continue to be, I have no doubt. We’ve enjoyed having him and we’ll continue to do so.’

His comments came as Spanish newspaper¬†AS claimed Modric has demanded a meeting with Real over his future upon returning from his extended holiday following Croatia’s run to the World Cup final.

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