Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric says that the club’s decision to bring in the likes of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez for close to £ 100 million shows the ambition after having just won the Copa del Rey and the Champions League. Madrid defeated Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final last season to lift the trophy. However, the biggest achievement for the team came in the form of the Champions League trophy, which was the 10th in the history of the club. Considering that they have been waiting for more than decade for this title, it was celebrated with a lot of joy.
However, focus has shifted to the next season and Madrid have strengthened the team even more by bringing in World Cup stars Kroos and Rodriguez. Both these players excelled at the World Cup 2014 with Germany and Colombia respectively. Kroos was responsible for Germany’s win in the competition after playing a starring role in the midfield, while Rodriguez finished as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals. Kroos has signed from Bayern Munich for £ 25 million, while Rodriguez comes from Monaco for around £ 65 million.
The club’s decision to splash out on these two big names is a sign of the ambition according to Modric, who is expected to remain a key part of the Madrid team.
“First, on a personal level, I hope to have a healthy year and avoid injury. Last year we had a great season. I hope we can repeat it and do even better [next year]. We have new players on the team – very, very good players. Expectations are always high at Real Madrid and I expect the same from the team and myself. I saw them [Kroos and Rodriguez] play in the World Cup and, for me, they were two of the best players in the competition,” said Modric.