Luka Modric picked the perfect time to turn in a man-of-the-match display.
Gareth Bale’s arrival at Real Madrid has put the cat among the pigeons at the Bernabeu, with Mesut Ozil likely to be a shock victim of the Welshman’s record transfer.
The agent of Ozil’s fellow German international midfielder, Sami Khedira, even felt compelled to release a statement suggesting that Khedira will not be sold, such is the uncertainty currently hovering around Real’s midfield.
Modric had been linked to Manchester United for the past few weeks, as Bale’s signing grew more imminent, and United’s need for a creative midfielder grew more pronounced.
But he was simply excellent in Real’s win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, and garnered the praised of his manager, Carlo Ancelotti.
Modric “was fantastic”, the Italian said.
Former Spurs man Modric meanwhile, looks set to star for Madrid while Xabi Alonso recovers from his broken foot.
He has dodged the hatchet swung by Bale’s arrival, and is full of beans about his Madrid future.
“Today the fans have enjoyed themselves. It was our best game of the season. Each game we are playing better,” Modric said after his stellar display against Bilbao.
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