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Florentino Perez loves buying players, it's kind of his thing, but the president of Real Madrid doesn't really like losing his best players. After Cristiano Ronaldo left earlier this summer there was no way he'd allow another to leave the Bernabeu.
The Moneyball model basically means that instead of one superstar player doing everything how can you make up all the runs you need over a season with a collective of players.
It's not just the runs you make yourself but also the ones you stop the opposition getting, the complete package. If it works in football then Real Madrid somehow need to replace Cristiano Ronaldo's 34 La Liga goals a season now that he's gone to Juventus.
That won't be easy, especially as Los Blancos haven't signed a world class forward to replace their outgoing man. In fact only Brazilian youngster Vinícius Júnior has joined the creative ranks this summer.
So the last thing Real ever would have wanted was another of their star men leaving in the summer, which is exactly why they were so desperate to keep Luka Modric.
The Croat was a target of Serie A side Inter but Real wouldn't sell him. Now, according to the Guardian, the Champions League champions have reported Inter to FIFA over their approach for the midfielder.
All reports seemed to suggest that Modric, who was a star at the World Cup and won the tournament's Golden Ball award for the best player, wanted to depart the Bernabeu for the San Siro.
It seems that the club and player had an agreement sorted but with Real never actually agreeing to let him go it's possible that Luciano Spaletti's side were in breach of transfer rules.
The La Liga side don't have anything to worry about anymore as the Italian transfer window closed on Friday night, ahead of their season starting on Saturday, with no movement on any possible Modric move.
The former Spurs midfielder has been an absolute star for Real in their three back-to-back-to-back Champions League wins and was also the most integral part to his national sides run to the World Cup final.
It's no wonder Inter wanted him, it's no wonder Real didn't let him go. In terms of Moneyball he was just far too valuable.
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