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Ivanovic wants Modric at Chelsea

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

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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 seek 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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