In a conversation on his FIVE channel, Rio Ferdinand talked about Luka Modric, who was close to joining Manchester United, but the club seemed to have other plans. 'I spoke to him before he went to Real Madrid, because that’s what I used to do, I was the player agent, I was agent Rio before I retired,' Ferdinand said.
'Any player that was available or was coming up I used to think that I could somehow get into them. ‘Even Thiago Alcantara at Liverpool, I spoke to him before he left Barcelona to go to Bayern Munich and that almost happened but we signed [Marouane] Fellaini instead'- Ferdinand said, as quoted by dailymail.co.uk.
Luka Modric wanted to become the first Croatian to play for Manchester United, but... 'But Modric, I remember speaking to him, I said, "Are you leaving [Tottenham]?" and he said, "Yeah, I think I’m going to go" but he wasn’t sure at the time where he was going.
'I said, “Listen, you’ve got to come to United, man” and he said, "Yeah, listen, I want to be the first Croatian to play for Man United, I want to be that guy, can we make it happen?"- Ferdinand continued.
Luka Modric and Real Madrid
However, the club leaders and Sir Alex Ferguson had already agreed with Shinji Kagawa. Luka Modric became the new player of Real Madrid and the rest is history. 'But it didn’t happen. I spoke to David Gill and the manager [Sir Alex] at the time had already agreed with Shinji Kagawa I think it was – I think that was the year, I’m sure it was.
'Or they already had irons in the fire with another player and they did that deal and then Modric went to Madrid and the rest is history. 'But I never imaged he’d go on to do what he’s done. What a player!'- Ferdinand concluded.