Friday, May 02, 2008


Tottenham have won the race to sign highly-rated Croatia midfielder Luka Modric for a fee believed to be £15.8million.
Spurs have agreed personal terms with the 22-year-old, who was reportedly courted by many of Europe's top sides, and he will leave Dinamo Zagreb to start a 6-year contract at White Hart Lane this summer subject to his passing a medical.


Luka Modrić (born September 9, 1985 in Zadar, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Croatian football midfielder who currently plays for Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatia national team. Modrić agreed terms on 26 April 2008 to join Tottenham Hotspur for the start of the 2008–09 season. He was named the Prva HNL "Player of the Year" in 2007.

Club career

Dinamo Zagreb
Modrić signed for Dinamo Zagreb as a 16 year old in
2002, but after a season with the youth side was loaned out in 2003 to Zrinjski Mostar in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina where he quickly showed his potential, becoming Bosnian League Player of the Year while still just 18 years old. He later claimed that "someone who can play in the Bosnian league can play anywhere"[citation needed], referring to the physical nature of the Premier League. The following year he was loaned to Inter Zaprešić and played one season for them, helping them to second place in the league and gaining the Croatian Football Hope of the Year award in 2004, before being recalled Dinamo Zagreb in 2005.Such was the regard for his abilities, Modric was rewarded with a 10 year contract through to 2015.
At his team Dinamo Zagreb he usually plays as playmaker, on the left side of the field. His natural position is that of central midfielder and he plays as playmaker solely due to his capabilities to cover that role as well and to leave room for designated defensive midfielders in Dinamo's 4-2-3-1 formation. He uses both feet to play, and his biggest strength is his swift offensive positioning without the ball, as well as his great ability to read and react to the game well in many situations.

Tottenham Hotspur
Modrić agreed terms with Tottenham on
April 26, 2008 subject to a medical and receiving a work permit.The player's contract is for a period of up to six years beginning in the summer of 2008.Tottenham have confirmed that the total fee to be paid is £16.5 million, equalling the club's record fee set by Darren Bent's move in 2007.

International career
Modric' performances earned him a call up for international duty, playing for the Croatian U-17, U-19 and
under-21 teams, and soon progressed to his country's senior national team. He made his senior international debut in a friendly match against Argentina on March 1, 2006 in Basel, Switzerland. At the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany he made two substitute appearances in the group matches against Japan and Australia. He scored his first international goal in Croatia's 2-0 victory over Italy in a friendly match played on August 16, 2006 in Livorno.

Individual- Bosnian League Player of the Year: 2003 , Croatian Football Hope of the Year: 2004, Croatian League’s Player of the Year: 2007[2]
Club (
Dinamo Zagreb)- Croatian First Division League: 2006, 2007 , Croatian Super Cup: 2006, Croatian Cup: 2007


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