Luka Modric To Stay At Real Madrid, Confirms Manager Julen Lopetegui

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Chelsea are in talks to sign Mateo Kovacic, the Real Madrid midfielder, after he told the Spanish club today that he wants to leave.

With N'Golo Kante, Jorginho and Cesc Fabregas all already on Chelsea's books, Sarri's men would have arguably the most impressive central midfield options in the nation should Kovacic pen a loan deal this week.

Inter Milan have been linked with Modric's signature but it looks unlikely the cultured playmaker will be allowed to go anywhere, particularly after his man-of-the-match display in last season's Champions League final.

"The level of excitement is as high as it can be, as it is with most of the players", he said.

"The president [Florentino Pérez] spoke resoundingly and we do not have the slightest doubt that he [Modric] will continue to be happy playing with us".

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The report claims that a deal has been agreed with the player training away from the first-team squad as he pushes for a move.

"[Kovacic] has trained with his team-mates as usual and there has not been the slightest problem, I love him and we are delighted that he is among us".

With midfielder Toni Kroos this week saying it would be "difficult" for Madrid to replace the 50 goals a season previously all but guaranteed by Cristiano Ronaldo, Lopetegui said he had no problem with not having yet signed a high-profile replacement.

With the player and both clubs soon set to strike an agreement after negotiations, it is one that will satisfy all parties.

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