Luka Modric

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 Athletic  Bilbao’s goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga: has a release clause set at  €80 million with the Spanish side.  Photograph: Luis Tejido/EPA

Chelsea will pay a world record fee for a goalkeeper to secure Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who fail(...)

Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich. Photo: A. Beier/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich after agreeing personal terms with the Chile midfielder over a £27m transfe(...)

Kylian Mbappe celebrates with the World Cup after France’s 4-2 final victory over Croatia. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty

Player of the tournament? Emmet Malone - N’Golo Kante and Luka Modric have to be among the contenders but for me it was Kylian Mbappé. The 19-year-ol(...)

France midfielder Paul Pogba is among the players who have dominated in the tournament. Photograph: Franck FIfe/AFP/Getty Images

José Mourinho has kept busy during the World Cup with a punditry gig on RT (formerly Russia Today). Listening to his analysis, you quickly realise tha(...)

‘The diminutive Luka Modric from Zadar shows that combination of talent and grit that defines great players.’ Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP.

Let’s just say it was a long night. All around this village, on an Adriatic island where cars were banned many years ago and the locals amble around a(...)

Zlatko Dalic has steered Croatia to the World Cup final after taking over in chaotic circumstances. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Pyry Soiri is a name that will sound vaguely familiar to regular followers of the Croatia team but most others in the country - in particular those wh(...)

Croatia players salute their fans as they celebrate after their World Cup semi-final win over England in Moscow. Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

An hour after Croatia had knocked out England, I spoke to an English journalist friend who ventured the thought that if England had gone on to win the(...)

Croatia’s Luka Modric and manager Zlatko Dalic celebrate after their 2018 World Cup semi-final win over England in Moscow. Photo: Mladen Antonov/Getty Images

England should have shown more humility, Luka Modric told ITV. Somewhere a few feet away Dejan Lovren was announcing himself as one of the world’s bes(...)

 Luka Modric will captain Croatia in the World Cup final. Photograph: Getty Images

Luka Modric issued a withering rebuke to English journalists and pundits who had “underestimated” Croatia after his team’s World Cup semi-final victor(...)

England manager Gareth Southgate  thanks the fans. Photograph: Getty Images

‘We lived the dream’, ‘Thank you’, ‘You did us proud’, ‘Pride of lions’. The English newspapers avoided going down the usual heroes to villains route (...)

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