How Sir Alex Failed To Sign One Of The Best Midfielders In The World Back In 2011

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Jamie Redknapp has revealed that Luka Modric could have ended up at Manchester United.

In his column for The Daily Mail, the former Liverpool and England midfielder recounts the story of a failed transfer bid by Sir Alex Ferguson, who was still the Red Devils’ manager back in 2011.

“The day after Manchester United lost to Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley in 2011, my dad (Spurs boss Harry Redknapp) received a call from Sir Alex Ferguson,” Jamie wrote.

“He wanted to sign Luka Modric. Xavi and Iniesta had raised the bar for midfielders. The best had to be players who could take the ball off either foot, dribble and pass through the lines.

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“Having seen just how impressive those two were against United, Sir Alex identified Modric as the player to take his team forward. He would eventually leave Tottenham for Real Madrid the next year.

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“But only a few months after arriving at the Bernabeu, he was voted La Liga‘s worst signing of the season by Spanish fans.

“It has always frustrated me that Modric has been so underrated. It is only when he adds goals to his game, such as his sensational strike against Argentina, that the rest of his game gets the recognition it deserves.”

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Modric’s future at the Bernabeu is up in the air, with a new manager set to take charge of the team. Former Spanish national team manager Julen Lopetegui will, however, do well to note that the 32-year-old is still in the midst of a purple patch.

The Croatian has been at the heart of Real’s unrivalled success in the Champions League of late. It can be argued that he was their best midfielder in all of their last 4 victories over the past 5 seasons.

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