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Casillas: Modric is at Real Madrid's level

ESPN staff
July 30, 2012

Real Madrid skipper Iker Casillas says he would welcome Luka Modric to the Bernabeu if the Tottenham playmaker's prospective summer transfer takes place.

Modric has been heavily linked with Real Madrid in recent months, with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas admitting the Premier League club would let the Croatia international leave if their asking price is met.

Earlier this summer, Modric played against Casillas at Euro 2012. The Spain goalkeeper believes Modric would make an ideal first big signing for the reigning La Liga champions.

"I know him," Casillas told AS. "He has been a great player ever since he signed for Tottenham. I faced him in the Euros and he had a very good season.

"If the manager thinks he ought to be then I am sure he will be at the level of this squad. It is not our responsibility to say anything more. The club and the manager are those that decide what is best for the team to move a step forward."

Casillas, who arrived in Los Angeles for a pre-season tour with his Real Madrid team-mates on the weekend, believes his side are ready to win the Champions League next season. The nine-time European champions have lost in the semi-finals for the past two years, but Casillas is hoping that added experience will make the difference come May.

"Our goals are similar to those last year," he said. "We are hoping to move a step forward like we have in the other seasons since Mourinho has been with us.

"We want to win the league again, the Super Cup and then after two years of arriving at the doors of the Champions League final, we want to reach the final of Europe's main competition.

"I think we have extraordinary fans, a magnificent stadium and an incredible squad. With all of this it is clear that this team deserves a European Cup, but there are many teams fighting for this title.

"There are steps we have taken. For example, two years ago players like (Mesut) Ozil or (Sami) Khedira didn't have the experience they have now. The same applies with Karim (Benzema). But thinking about the 10th European Cup is not an obsession because we face the start of the league and the Super Cup first."

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