Emilio Butragueno Says Luka Modric Wants to Stay at Real Madrid

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2018

Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (R) challenges Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Saul Niguez during the UEFA Super Cup football match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Lillekula Stadium in the Estonian capital Tallinn on August 15, 2018. (Photo by Janek SKARZYNSKI / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno has said Luka Modric is set to remain with the club after recent speculation about a move to Inter Milan.

Speaking to Movistar + (h/t Marca), the former Los Blancos playing legend was clear the midfielder will stay in Spain.

"There is no issue with Modric," said Butragueno. "He's delighted to continue with us."

Per Marca, Inter have shown significant interest in the player after he helped Croatia reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup final in Russia.

Modric failed to make the starting XI as Real lost 4-2 to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final in Estonia on Wednesday.

TALLINN, ESTONIA - AUGUST 15:  Luka Modric of Real Madrid helps up Koke of Atletico Madrid  during the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Lillekula Stadium on August 15, 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Get
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However, he remains a central part of new manager Julen Lopetegui's squad, as Real get used to life after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Modric's agent, Marko Naletilic, recently said he believed the 32-year-old would find his way to Serie A.

According to Tuttosport (h/t MailOnline's Joe Strange), the Croatian representative said:

"The fact Inter Milan tried to sign him and Modric took it into consideration shows the influence Cristiano Ronaldo is already having on Italian football. For whatever reason, Modric wants to be a star in Serie A with Inter. Let's see. I believe that sooner or later Luka will play in Italy. Like a lot of Croatians his age, he grew up watching Italian football."

The Italian transfer window is set to close on Friday, and Butragueno's comments will ease fears surrounding Modric's immediate future.

Bleacher Report's Dean Jones said recent events might have affected Modric's chances of a starting berth in the Super Cup:

Dean Jones @DeanJonesBR

Modric not starting for Madrid tonight. Some teams you can just walk back into, some you can't

Modric proved in Russia he is still one of the best operators in central midfield, and his diversity allows him to be deployed as a No. 10 if needed.

Lopetegui will take time to find what is his best starting XI in the weeks ahead, but it's vital Modric is retained for the next 12 months.

Inter are likely to continue chasing until the final moments of the summer transfer window, but Real's reluctance to lose one of their best midfielders should scupper any deal, especially after Butragueno's latest comments.