MADRID: Real Madrid’s squad is “almost complete”, coach Jose Mourinho said as the La Liga champions prepare to begin the defence of their title starting in two weeks.
Real are reportedly chasing Tottenham Hotspur’s Croatian playmaker Luka Modric, with one or both of midfielders Kaka and Nuri Sahin expected to move on.
“We are hard at work preparing because we are well aware of the fact that it is not going to be easy, quite the contrary,” Mourinho told Fox in an interview during Real’s pre-season tour of the United States.
“The team is almost complete,” added the Portuguese. “They are special players, we have a lot of the best players in the world and my team’s motivation when faced with new challenges never ceases to surprise me.”
Modric refused to take part in Spurs’ tour of US and manager Andre Villas-Boas said he would be fined as a result. Modric has four years left on his current deal and carries a price tag of around £40 million.
Real defender Sergio Ramos, one of the club captains, said there was still room to add to the squad before the transfer window closes this month and that Modric would be a good fit for the team.