Luka Modric has admitted that the interest from Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United is something he still takes great pride in.
Before his move to Real Madrid, Ferguson was a known admirer of the then 26-year-old midfielder but Daniel Levy’s reluctance to sell to United at a decent price scuppered any deal from being agreed.
Last year, he showcased why United were so interest in signing him as his goal against United in the Champions League inspired Madrid’s turnaround and his substitution was the catalyst in how that game changed following Nani’s wrongful dismissal.
Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Modric insisted that Ancelotti always wanted him but pointed toward the public appreciation for Ferguson as something he remains proud of.
“Ancelotti wanted me already,” he told
“One year ago at PSG and in 2011 at Chelsea. But then Andre Villas-Boas came and Tottenham did not want to give me up.
“I also knew of the interest of the United and even if the transfer did not materialise, the public appreciation of a great like Sir Alex is a big pride for me.”
Modric has now settled himself into Ancelotti’s Madrid after a topsy turvy first season in Spain and it is unlikely that our interest will be rekindled in the future but given our very public pursuit of Cesc Fabregas, a player even less likely to move to Old Trafford, anything can happen in football.