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27/08/2012 16:30 BST

Luka Modric Signs For Real Madrid (PICTURES)

Luka Modrić has completed his transfer to Real Madrid and expressed his delight to have joined "the best club in the world".

The midfielder has signed a five-year deal after costing the Spanish champions £30m from Tottenham Hotspur.

"When I first heard Real were interested, nothing else mattered. It's the best club in the world, with the best coach and great players," the Croat said.

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"It's an honour to be here. This is the biggest challenge for me in my career and I am sure I have everything I need here."

Modrić, 26, also paid tribute to his former north London employers at his press conference unveiling.

"I want to thank all the people at Spurs. I had four great years there and enjoyed every moment. There are no hard feelings on my side," he added.

Luka Modric Signs For Real Madrid