Is Luka Modric a Real Madrid mole?
This story comes from Diario Gol (not the most reliable of sources) and arrives during the international break, so perhaps it should be taken with a pinch of salt.
But, it could well provide some good news for Manchester United. So we suspect there will be many Red Devils supporters who will be keen to believe in it.
According to Diario Gol, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has a direct line to the Real Madrid dressing room.
The “mole” passing Mourinho the secrets from Real Madrid is midfielder Luka Modric.
Jose Mourinho & Luka Modric
Mourinho brought Modric to Real Madrid from Tottenham.
At Real Madrid, Modric has emerged as one of the finest midfielders on the planet.
Whilst Modric took time to get going under Mourinho and The Special One left the Bernabeu, the pair have remained close ever since.
Mourinho considers Modric “one of his own” and keeps in contact with the Croatian midfielder on a regular basis.
A split dressing room at Real Madrid?
Accordingly, Modric keeps Mourinho up to speed with all that is happening in the Real Madrid dressing room.
Whilst Zinedine Zidane has kept the club and players happy with a slew of trophies since replacing Rafa Benitez, there are issues at Real Madrid.
For example, Diario Gol suggest that many Real Madrid players have noticed how Zinedine Zidane sees two of his countrymen (Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema) as key first team players.
Gareth Bale to Manchester United?
Meanwhile, the Mourinho-Modric relationship could also yield a huge player for Manchester United.
Whilst Luka Modric arriving at Old Trafford would be huge news, the Spanish website suggest Gareth Bale’s issues at Real Madrid are discussed by the Croatian and Mourinho.
As a result, Mourinho has inside knowledge of Gareth Bale, from Modric, who has played with the “Welsh Express” at both Spurs and Real Madrid.
Manchester United have been linked with Bale pretty much ever since he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham.
A difficult international break for Modric and Mourinho
The international break has not been easy for Luka Modric or Jose Mourinho.
Croatia were held to a 1-1 draw by Finland on Friday night, which means they will likely grab second spot in Group I.
This will depend on winning in Ukraine on Monday and could well see them fail to qualify for Russia 2018.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has been fretting about injuries to key players such as Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini.