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Ivanovic promises Modric Chelsea move won't fail

ESPN staff
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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has urged Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues made several attempts to sign Modric, 26, last summer when trying to revitalise the squad following the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy refused to contemplate a sale.

Modric, who excelled at Euro 2012 with Croatia, is expected to again fancy the idea of a move this summer and there has been talk of interest from Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, with Jose Mourinho's side reportedly leading the race for his services.

However, despite Chelsea having reverted to a more defensive approach as Roberto Di Matteo led the team to Champions League glory, Roman Abramovich appears keen to bankroll a side capable of playing a more positive style next season and Ivanovic believes Modric would be a fine acquisition.

"I don't know much about it other than what I read in the media," he told Sportske Novosti. "I know there was interest in the transfer window before. Chelsea as a team have needed a player with these qualities. He would fit in quickly and strengthen the squad.

"He has been in England a long time and knows about the way football is played on the island and the mentality of the players. He has exceptional quality, and moving to a bigger club is necessary for him to take the next step in his career.

"I think at Chelsea he would adapt instantly and become a better player. He should come to Chelsea - it won't go wrong!"

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