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Julen Lopetegui: Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic happy at the Bernabeu

Julen Lopetegui: Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic
Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has said Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic are happy at the club, and the mood has not been affected by reports that both want to leave.

Recent reports have claimed that Modric is trying to push through a move to Inter Milan, while Kovacic has gone on strike to force a transfer.

But speaking in New York ahead of Tuesday's International Champions Cup clash with Roma, Lopetegui said he believed both Croatia internationals were content.

"The level of excitement is as high as it can be, as it is with most of the players," he said. "My understanding is that both are happy to be here."

Modric is due to begin preseason preparation on Wednesday, but AS claimed he could be paid €60 million to spend the next two seasons at Milan before joining Chinese club Jiangsu Suning.

With midfielder Toni Kroos this week saying it would be "difficult" for Madrid to replace the 50 goals a season previously all but guaranteed by Cristiano Ronaldo, Lopetegui said he had no problem with not having yet signed a high-profile replacement.

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