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Legendary manager Marcelo Bielsa calls Luka Modric the ‘hardest’ type of player to find in football

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Over the years, Luka Modric has found a special fanbase. The list of the Croatian midfielder’s admirers is not limited to the Real Madrid faithful but also the thousands of fans across the globe who simply love the beautiful game.

Modric’s quality, temperament, skill and genius on the field elevate him to a league of his own. That, coupled with his ridiculous longevity, forms a player who will go down in the history books as one of the greatest.

Bielsa has his say

Earlier today, Uruguay National Team manager and coaching legend Marcelo Bielsa spoke to the media about a plethora of topics, one of which brought up the name of Luka Modric.

The legendary manager was commenting about the profiles that were difficult to find in today’s game, and his words showered the highest praise on Real Madrid’s crown jewel.

“The hardest player to find in football is the 8. I named it ‘the Modric’, who defends like a 6 and attacks like a 10. He has the ability to defend, the skills to attack and understanding the game in both directions.”

Over the years, Real Madrid have benefitted immensely from the midfield master’s quality in both attack and defence. Bielsa’s words only reinforce the same sentiment and put more weight on the fact that the world may never see such a player again.

One last dance

At 38 years of age, Luka Modric is as committed to the club’s crest as he was the day he signed for the club. The lives for the game, and his fit of anger after being substituted out against Real Betis last night only testifies the same.

While the veteran does indeed still have magic in his shoes, it appears widely accepted that this is his final year with the club of his life. He is one of the last-standing cogs of the three-peat-winning side and is now living his final dance at the club.

Modric has not begun thinking about his next step, although it is widely speculated that he could move to the MLS or the Saudi League.

Source: Le Meilleur du Football

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Toni Kroos could have signed for Barcelona before Real Madrid transfer

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As Toni Kroos prepares to play his final match at the Santiago Bernabeu as a Real Madrid player tonight, an interesting revelation has come forth regarding his career.

A bonafide legend at the club, Kroos signed for Los Blancos in the summer of 2014, arriving in a deal worth just €25 million from Bayern Munich.

In the decade he has been at the club, the 34-year-old German has won all possible trophies and titles available to him.

However, it could have all been very different for Kroos as he could have ended up at Real Madrid’s arch-rivals Barcelona.

Indeed, as per journalist Ramon Besa on Cadena SER (via AS), when Kroos decided to leave Bayern Munich in 2014, he was considering both Barcelona and Real Madrid as options.

Kroos retires this summer. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

In fact, then-Bayern manager Pep Guardiola also put his name forward at Barça but the Catalans decided against the move while Kroos also decided in favour of Real Madrid.

“I remember the case of Kroos very well because I asked Guardiola about him when he left Bayern and he presented himself as an alternative that could be signed by Barcelona or Madrid,” the journalist recalled.

“The player had the idea of leaving Bayern and wasn’t sure whether to go to Madrid or Barça. Barcelona didn’t know how to bid, they thought they had alternative players. There was even talk of [Sergi] Samper as an alternative midfielder.”

Further continuing, Besa added: “They rejected Kroos. Guardiola warned that he was a very interesting player and for whatever reason he opted for Madrid.

“Barça didn’t know how to want him or offer him what he wanted. He has triumphed at Madrid in an extraordinary way.”

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