Croatia Coach Backs Modric for Newcastle


Croatia coach Slaven Bilic has talked about Newcastle United in some glowing terms today.

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Luka Modric – can Newcastle close the deal?

Newcastle United are trying to sign Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Luka Modric, although the Evening Chronicle today suggest the fee has still not been agreed between the two clubs, and could prove a stumbling block.

The exciting 22 year-old Dinamo Zagreb star will move in the summer to a bigger club, and today Croatia coach Bilic is keen that it happens sooner rather than later.

The former West Ham defender has spoken very highly of Kevin Keegan’s new Newcastle side, and thinks Kevin’s Newcastle United could be perfect for the 22-year-old if the reported £12M move really does go through.

Bilac said today:

“I would be very happy if Luka finds a new club before Euro 2008,” “Well, I would want this for all of my players who are looking for new clubs and are at the end of their contracts.”

“As for Luka, Newcastle United are no doubt a big club – just behind the top five.” “Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton.

“NUFC are in the range of Chelsea, Leeds United and Aston Villa but can invest a lot more money in new signings than let’s say Tottenham.”

“Also it’s more likely that Newcastle will be English champions than Tottenham.” “Luka wouldn’t be making a mistake if he signs for The Magpies.”

Good words from Bilic, so at least he’s on board trying to ensure the deal goes through. 😀

You’ve just got to remember what Kevin did the last time around at Newcastle, and you have to believe he’s going to make Newcastle great again. At least Newcastle fans think so.

So in that way, it could be an exciting move for players to Newcastle in the summer, even though we cannot offer them European football, at least not for next season.

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120 comments so far

  • Maverick

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #1

    well its good to know we are in the range of Leeds United…they are flying high in League one

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  • tdt

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #2

    LOL. I’d love it, just love it if we get im!

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #3

    few weeks ago we were linked with jermain beckford, but know luka ‘bloody’ modric. i hope he does join, and i really like croation players.

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  • Leo

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #4

    its getting exciting, i dont know how this has exploded all of a sudden but i like it

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #5

    is that article from bullshit alan oliver? i cant stand him, and modric did not appear himself did he? i thought it was his mum and mamic.

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  • tdt

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #6

    haha indeed leo, when that press release from the offical website confirms it – that my friends is when we celebrate! 🙂 toon toon!

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  • shanghaitoon

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #7

    I like the “top five” of “Man U, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Everton” No Chelsea?? LOL

    I haven’t seen this guy but by all accounts he sounds a great signing, If he does indeed sign. I’ll believe it when he’s in the B&W!!

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #8

    just think a couple of years ago we were close to getting barry for 3.5 million, and now he is worth 20 they recon

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  • Davies

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Nice to know that somebody else thinks we’re more likely to be English champions than Spurs.

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  • ScottyT

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #10

    lmao maverick exctly

    bilic has got a shall we say weird view on who the top clubs in britain are. sounds as if he hasnt seen english football in years if hes saying we are in the range of leeds but at the same time chelsea lol. hope this modric comes what a signing he’d be, just what we need. fingers crossed.

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  • Zhun

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Fee still has not been agree?
    Aggr…please Ashley ,bring on your cheque book asap( chelsea are coming). Im sure this deal will please the fans and ur shirts deal will just increase drastically.
    Fingers crossed~

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  • craig chisholm

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #12

    it would appear that bilic is nuts. he has lumped us, chelski and leeds together and his ‘big five’ inc spurs and everton but leave out chelski again. the guy is obviously well ontop of affiars in the prem i would say. it matters not though, if we can get modric i would be suprised as he is massive and would draw interest from any champ league team i would think. i think this one will not happen, alas.

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  • tdt

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #13

    i love that picture of Habib tankin about wi Owen hangin off im! classic, i was there!

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  • valle

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #14

    If you look at the form league for the last 6 games i bet we are up there near top 4… just gotta carry that into next season.

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  • Nev

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #15

    the only thing we can offer modric is guranteed first team football … the top 4 would rotate him and at 22 the best option is to play week in week out
    another positive if we do get him for like £12-15mil we could easliy sell him for £20mil+ in 3-4 years!
    i even think modric should be top priority … sack owen off .. he can wait !

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  • Obafan

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Strange interview Bilic gave. It looks like the man is in the early 2000’s. Leeds United, they are going down and down and down. Chelsea not in the top 5.

    Was he interviewed at Mars today or what 😉 ??

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  • Ross

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #17

    if the modric deal gets agreed, and goes through within a few days of the window opening, it will create a massive bang and send a message to every other team in the league.
    what a way to start that would be. us immediatly signing modric, when the likes of chelsea, fiorentina, barcelona, have all been very interested in him.
    howay the lads

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #18

    valle- we are top

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  • Graeme

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #19

    IF we get him, why the hell would we want to sell him in 3-4 years?? He’s only 22 so he has another 8 years of top flight footy left in him.

    Bring it on. This guy could be a legend at SJP.

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  • Rich

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #20

    The Daily Mail is more confident that the deal is done than anywhere else – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/sport/football.html?in_article_id=561745&in_page_id=1779&ito=1490.

    I’ll believe this one when I see it, personally.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #21

    rich- that report is in every paper

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  • Rich

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Yeah, I’m aware of that. More that every other paper’s saying Newcastle “seem to be favourites” or are in negotiations. My point was more that the mail seem to be pretty damn certain.

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #23

    exciting times ey

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  • THELONGSHANKS

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #24

    valle- we are top on goal difference and that will end when we beat them as they were muck last night unless we have a dodgy linesman who thinks kalou aint 3metres offside!

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  • daniel

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #25

    If KK is planning on using Modric on the left of the three midfielders – where Barton is playing now – he will provide pace and a quality pass from a deeper position. Looking at that team, a player who would fit perfectly into Geremi’s position of crossing pinpoint passes to Owen and Viduka is Beckham. I know it sounds silly and will never happen, but he’s in good shape for his age, is a determined pro and that position needs someone who can cross in comparison to someone like Lennon who can’t. With Owen and Viduka, they need a good service and one reason why they’re getting it at the mom is Geremi. With the 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2 its rather narrow meaning our full backs do all the running while our wide midfielders pass it. With Modric on the left and Beckham on the right and Owen and Viduka in the box = a lot of goals. It doesn’t matter that Beckham is slow, so is Geremi.

    Given
    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
    Beckham Butt Modric
    Owen
    Viduka Martins

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  • Ross G

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #26

    The daily mail also said that we signed Kiko from Athletico Madrid on a 4 yr deal worth £9m, and we didnt even speak to him so they r rubbish. As for those Bilic quotes im surprised none of you are clever enough to realise they are clearly outdated rubbish. Leeds as we all know are in League1 and Bilic obviously was talking about us and them at that time in fact I think these were quotes from when we signed Maric that they have tried to update.

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  • Pete

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Hahahaha, great article. This guy is obviously watching the Premiership closely

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #28

    ross g- cleary not else he wouldnt of mentioned spurs in his previous breath

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  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Ross G. Bilic was still playing when Leeds were in the prem!

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  • Graeme

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Daniel, sorry, but Beckhams history and going through the motions for a shed load of cash. Agree we could use some quality in that position, but why keep Viduka in the center – he is way past his sell by date.

    We could do with a first rate CF to take that spot and open up the areas for Owen & Martins. Crouch woud do, but would obviously prefer Eto’o lol.

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  • Marko

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #31

    He is talking about how big they are historically you muppets

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  • SB

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Chelsea, NUFC, Leeds in ONE range?!? So he never watches EPL, huh?

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  • Name that Toon

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #33

    Great player, but I wouldn’t get too excited yet. I think that Bilic is talking it up in order to get some of the bigger clubs interested. Have you ever heard of a national manager talking up a transfer in the press before it has taken place?

    I highly doubt that Modric wants to come to a club that is out of Europe.

    I’ll be glad to be proven wrong, but I’d advise everyone to be prepared for a disappointment here.

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  • tdt

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #34

    i agree with you marko

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  • Swanx

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #35
  • nitro

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #36

    the japanese lad from celtic would be nice…wonder why we arent after him..

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  • ScottyT

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #37

    nitro – agree nakamura seems quality but celtic can offer c league football but i would still attempt to go for him looks a gr8 player. still though modric would be amazing.

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  • valle

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #38

    Form table in the last 6 games:

    Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts Gd
    1 Man Utd 6 4 2 0 14 4 14 10
    2 Newcastle 6 4 2 0 12 2 14 10
    3 Chelsea 6 4 2 0 11 6 14 5
    4 Liverpool 6 4 1 1 9 6 13 3
    5 Portsmouth 6 3 1 2 6 5 10 1
    6 Man City 6 3 1 2 8 8 10 0
    7 Aston Villa 6 3 0 3 15 8 9 7
    8 Sunderland 6 3 0 3 7 7 9 0
    9 Arsenal 6 2 2 2 9 8 8 1
    10 Wigan 6 2 2 2 6 7 8 -1
    11 West Ham 6 2 1 3 6 7 7 -1
    12 Tottenham 6 1 4 1 10 11 7 -1
    13 Fulham 6 2 1 3 6 9 7 -3
    14 Bolton 6 2 1 3 4 9 7 -5
    15 Blackburn 6 1 3 2 7 8 6 -1
    16 Middlesbrough 6 1 3 2 5 6 6 -1
    17 Everton 6 1 2 3 3 5 5 -2
    18 Birmingham 6 1 2 3 7 12 5 -5
    19 Reading 6 1 1 4 3 10 4 -7
    20 Derby 6 0 1 5 3 13 1 -10

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  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #39

    there we go fella’s its on skysports and teamtalk now, i hope it aint guna happen like what happned with rooney, we bid gets around then the big boys step up the chase.

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  • dragoner

    Apr 24, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #40

    im preparing myself for disappointment just in case

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