Did Chelsea even need Luka Modric?

Chelsea ‘target’ Luka Modric has revealed his intention to remain at Real Madrid despite the departure of Jose Mourinho.

Modric paid tribute to the new Blues’ boss, under whom he spent his debut season in La Liga. The former Tottenham playmaker has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the past but it seems this season he intends to remain in the Spanish capital with Los Blancos.

"I'm not even thinking about the possibility I could leave Madrid this summer, but there is interest from other clubs," explained the Croatian.

"Every kid who plays football dreams about playing for Real Madrid. It was the same with me.”

Before his move to Spain, Modric had been heavily linked with a switch across the English capital from Spurs to Chelsea but instead he got his wish to realize his boyhood dream at the Bernabeu under Moutinho – a relationship he held in high regard.

“Of course I was sad when Jose Mourinho left. He was the one who insisted on bringing me to Madrid. He is a fantastic coach and I am honoured to have worked with him,” he continued.

"He really impressed me. It's such a pleasure to play in his team and talk with him about football.”

But, alas, it would appear the 27-year-old has no plans to follow his mentor back to England.

"I wish him all the best in Chelsea. I believe he will use all his knowledge and expertise at Stamford Bridge once again," he added.

Whilst Blues fans will perhaps be disappointed at Modric’s revelation, they may take consolation in the fact that Chelsea don’t really need Modric – last summer when he was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea relied predominantly on Juan Mata as their primary source of creativity in attacking midfield.

However, as Modric made his way to Spain, the Blues brought in Eden Hazard and Oscar who have both made strong starts to their Premier League careers last term under both Roberto Di Matteo and his interim replacement Rafael Benitez.

Hazard is just 22 years of age and is one of the most exceptionally gifted attacking midfielders on the planet and Oscar, his Brazilian counterpart, is still only 21. Both are supremely gifted footballers – creative, imaginative and technically superior to the majority of footballers in the country.

As Jose Mourinho arrives he will find an abundance of talent in the Blues’ midfield – he still has his old friend Frank Lampard, should he require experience and stability, Ramires and the returning Michael Essien join John Obi Mikel, Marko Marin, Victor Moses, and even David Luiz who can all function in midfield or wide areas.

It’s hard to see where a player like Luka Modric would even get a start in the current team Mourinho inherits. Whilst Modric would have been a top target of the Blues last term, as he was Mourinho’s in Madrid, there is really no requirement for his services this summer.

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