Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic happy at Real Madrid, says Julen Lopetegui

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Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic has effectively gone on strike to try and force through a move away from the Spanish giants.

On Saturday, Real beat Juventus 3-1 in the International International Champions Cup, but numerous questions asked of Vazquez were about off-field matters - primarily about the future of Modric.

Inter's hopes of signing Luka Modric from Real Madrid have received a huge boost after the club's parent company Suning offered to help pay the Croatian's wages.

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But Madrid president Florentino Perez has already attempted to quell any notion of Modric leaving, saying that he will only be sold if a €750 million (£670m/$870m) release clause is met , and the club's manager has now backed those words.

"The president [Florentino Perez] was clear and unequivocal", Lopetegui said. We've enjoyed having him and we'll continue to do so'.

Following the departures of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo from Madrid, the pair are being tipped to also seek new challenges.

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Luka Modric is now 32 years old the Los Blancos are looking for a midfielder who can replace him in their starting line up.

"What I told him is ultimately private but what I feel is that he's a player that I love watching and I'm thrilled to have him and ultimately I think he'll be very happy to be on the team".

Modric has been a vital cog in Madrid's midfield over the last few years, helping them to three successive Champions League titles.

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How could Real Madrid line up next season after the transfer window?

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