Spalletti reveals that Modric is interested in the Inter movement … but does not expect the star to leave Real Madrid

Luka Modric (right) will stay at Real Madrid this summer, according to Luciano Spalletti

"The fact that he has an interest in us is a great sign for our project": Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti reveals that Luka Modric wishes to join … but does not expect the star to leave Real Madrid

  • Inter coach Luciano Spalletti expects Luka Modric to stay at Real Madrid
  • Midfielder Modric is being courted by Spalletti's big expense Inter this summer
  • The reports in Spain suggest that the Croatian was close to signing a new agreement in Inter
  • But Spalletti said that Modric had initially been interested in moving to Italy

Patrick Boyland for Mailonline

Luciano Spalletti believes that Luka Modric is anxious to move to Inter Milan, but he does not expect Real Madrid to sell the midfielder before the window closes.

The Croatian international has become Inter's goal of transfer number 1 this summer, as they seek high-profile reinforcements before the new season.

Reports in Spain this week, however, have suggested that Modric is close to signing a new contract with Real Madrid.

Luka Modric (right) will stay at Real Madrid this summer, according to Luciano Spalletti

Luka Modric (right) will stay at Real Madrid this summer, according to Luciano Spalletti

The coach of Inter Spalletti (pictured) has spoken with Modric about a move to San Siro

The coach of Inter Spalletti (pictured) has spoken with Modric about a move to San Siro

The coach of Inter Spalletti (pictured) has spoken with Modric about a move to San Siro

He returned to action for the La Liga team on Saturday against AC Milan after a prolonged rest after the World Cup.

And speaking after his team beat the International Champions Cup (ICC) 1-0 against Atl├ętico de Madrid on Saturday, Spalletti revealed that Modric was unlikely to move to Italy, despite the player's initial interest.

Real Madrid statistics for Modric for the 2017-18 season

Games played: 43

Goals: 2

Help: 8

Completed pass: 89.9%

Trophies won: Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, Club World Cup

"The fact that he has an interest in us is a great signal for our project," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"It's not easy to get this type of players, it may not come but our directors still did a great job, so let's see.

"I do not think he's going to come, because Real Madrid still wants to have him." We are a strong side. If Modric joined us, we would be very strong. "

Inter has enjoyed a busy season so far, recruiting players like Radja Nainggolan, Stefan de Vrij and Kwadwo Asamoah as they prepare to return to the Champions League.

They secured an impressive 1-0 victory over Atl├ętico de Madrid in their last game of the International Penal Conference thanks to the impressive goal of new signing Lautaro Martinez, and will face Sassuolo next Sunday in Serie A.

Modric returned to action for Real on Saturday in the pre-season game against AC Milan

Modric returned to action for Real on Saturday in the pre-season game against AC Milan

Modric returned to action for Real on Saturday in the pre-season game against AC Milan

The Croatian star was a key part of his success in last season's Champions League victory

The Croatian star was a key part of his success in last season's Champions League victory

The Croatian star was a key part of his success in last season's Champions League victory

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