Mateo Kovacic becomes a rebel at Real Madrid to force move

Kovacic has been told he can leave Madrid this summer

Kovacic has been told he can leave Madrid this summer

Julen Lopetegui has ended speculation of Luka Modric leaving Real Madrid for Inter Milan.

According to La Gazzetta Dello Sports, Miralem Pjanic has been identified as a replacement for Luka Modric and they are ready to make a move for the Bosnian worldwide, but Juventus are likely to demand a big fee for their star midfielder.

Recall that Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, had stated that any club that is interested in buying Modric, must pay his €750million (£670m/$870m) release clause.

However, newly-appointed Madrid boss Lopetegui has echoed the words of Perez and dismissed any talk of losing Modric.

"We are calm and counting on him, we hope he returns to enjoy Madrid, I have no doubt that he will stay", Vazquez said.

"The president [Florentino Perez] was clear and unequivocal", Lopetegui said.

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During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 24-year-old spoke of his desire to play regular first-team football, something he has not got at Real since his arrival in 2015.

Real are yet to replace Cristiano Ronaldo following his £105m move to Juventus, but Lopetegui is confident the club will cope without the five-time Ballon d'Or victor. If I have spoken with Modric, I speak with my players when I decide to, but it's private.

'Modric is an extraordinary player, we await him with open arms.

During his time with Los Blancos he has won 14 trophies, including four Champions League titles in the last five years.

The Craotian turned up at Valdebebas this morning and after speaking to Real Madrid representatives has decided not to train, showing his unhappiness that the club are not letting him leave.

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