Dinamo Zagreb’s 22-year-old attacking midfield star Luka Modric reckons that he had the chance to waltz into Arsenal last summer as a replacement for Tomas Rosicky, but he snubbed the North Londoners.
Modric claims that although he is a big Arsene Wenger fan he wants to take things slowly and not just jump into the arms of the first big club that comes sniffing for him.
“Yes, I was close to move to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger tried to sign me at the same time that he signed my friend Eduardo, a great striker that I was sure he would make it at Arsenal to replace [Thierry] Henry.
“Wenger wanted me because the Czech Rosicky could have left. It was an honour that a manager who works so well with the youngsters was interested in me, but I preferred to wait.
“I am prepared to play in every league, La Liga, Calcio, Premier League or Bundesliga, but I must admit that the Spanish league is the one that attracts me the most.”
However any future bid for the Croatian from Arsenal won’t guarantee his services, as he is a masssive Barca fan, Modric drooled:
“Playing for Barca must be something great.
“It is an honour to know they are following me and defending their colours would be a huge challenge.”
So Modric is coquettishly batting his eyelids at Arsenal; but also pretty much every other big European club too…