Why Real Madrid would be crazy to sell Modric

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Croatian international Luka Modric is reportedly wanted by Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea this summer.

As the silly season draws ever closer, so rises the speculation regarding which will be the biggest blockbuster moves, amongst the wealthiest clubs in Europe.

According to the Star, one of the most eye-catching moves could feature former Tottenham icon, Luka Modric, with the suggestion that if Real Madrid finally manage to land Juventus star Paul Pogba, the Croatian could be packing his bags.

Manchester City are said to be the favourites to move for Modric, as they plan a £200 million overhaul of their squad, aiming to ensure that the Etihad outfit are once again capable of challenging for the Premier League title. Manchester United and Chelsea, are also said to be keen.

However, the question must be raised: Even if they did manage to complete the signing of Pogba, why would Real Madrid consider sell one of their best performing midfielders this summer?

Whilst there's mention of Financial Fair Play being a factor, a necessary balancing of books to meet UEFA guidelines, it's hard to imagine Real Madrid wanting to sacrifice Modric to that end, when there are other players with less influential roles, who can be sold or loaned out instead.

29-year-old Modric hasn't featured as much this season, due to an unfortunate injury whilst on international duty with Croatia last November. If it wasn't for that, he would undoubtedly have remained one of the key first-choice players for Ancelotti, when selecting midfield options amongst his starting eleven.

Indeed, since Modric has returned to action, that much has been more than evident for the Italian coach, who is clearly delighted to have a player who he considers one of his most important assets back to fitness and ready to perform at his best.

Likewise, the absence of Modric over recent months, has been highlighted by many as an influential factor towards the dip in form Real Madrid have suffered, so far in 2015. His pass completion averages are amongst the highest in the team, whilst his contributions to overall play, his creative vision, assists and goals, have also been excellent during his time at the Bernabéu.

It's fair to say that in modern football and amongst the biggest clubs, nobody is considered untouchable. Real Madrid have also surprised in the past with the sale of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, when the German midfielder was likewise considered a key player. The future of Modric cannot be likened to that of his former colleague though.

Sami Khedira has already acknowledged he'll be leaving the Bernabéu this summer, whilst doubts remain over Asier Illarramendi and also, recent signing Lucas Silva, who is being tipped to leave for a season out on loan, to build his experience. This leaves plenty of space to accommodate both Modric and Pogba, should the Frenchman arrive, to provide potent options along with James, Kroos and Isco.

If Carlo Ancelotti is to remain with the reigning European champions though, it seems unlikely he'd willingly dispense with one of his favourite players. The numbers and contribution Modric has offered Real Madrid, would suggest selling him might be a most foolish move. One that ultimately, seems unlikely.

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