Finally the saga surrounding Luka Modric is over. The Croatian midfielder has officially joined Real Madrid for five years with the fee expected to be around €30m/£27m and bonuses. The fee, thankfully, is much lower than previously thrown about figure of €40-45m.

Madrid based daily AS says he would land in Madrid at 11AM and undergo a medical at the club’s training facilities. Subject to a medical, which would be a formality, he would sign the contract and become part of Los Blancos. He will be presented as a player later in the day.

Statement on Spurs’ website quoted Florentino Perez as saying:

The strong relationship and affinity between our two clubs has resulted in the cementing of a longer-term partnership and the successful transfer of Luka Modric. We are delighted to welcome Luka and look forward to working closely with Tottenham in the coming years.

His counterpart, Daniel Levy, Spurs’ chairman said:

Luka has been a terrific player for us and, whilst we preferred not to part with him, we are pleased that it is to Real Madrid, a club with which we now look forward to sharing a long and productive partnership.

The wording of the agreement suggests there will be more deals between the two clubs in the future in terms of player transfers and pre-season friendlies of sorts.

Modric made 160 appearances for Spurs and scored 17 goals in the process.

His arrival means a squad member in midfield would have to make way with Kaka likely to go out out and the rumour mill has been helped further with his exclusion from the squad for Getafe and previously for first leg of SuperCopa.

Hoping Modric gets more playing time and has the ability to make things happen which sadly we failed to see happen last night versus Getafe.