Despite playing no part in the game, Real Madrid still had plenty to gain from Saturday’s Champions League final in the Spanish capital, as it served to bring club president Florentino Pérez face to face with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy as he eyes the summer signing of midfielder Christian Eriksen.
Real Madrid braced for long, hard summer of Levy talks
It has not been revealed whether Levy and Pérez ended up discussing Eriksen, 27, who is out of contract at Spurs in 2020 and is seen at Madrid as the ideal successor to the now 33-year-old Modric. A long summer of talks is in prospect. The LaLiga club don’t want to pay more than 70m for the Denmark international – but, as they know only too well, Levy will prove a tough negotiator.