Luka Modric's former Croatia team-mate Mate Bilic claims the Tottenham midfielder is close to moving to Spain amid speculation linking him with Real Madrid.
Rumours over where the 26-year-old will be plying his trade next season are rife again this summer, with Manchester United and Chelsea reported to have reignited their interest in the Croatian.
The sacking of Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane has cast further doubt over his Spurs future and it remains to be seen whether the managerless club will be able to withstand a second summer of interest in the midfield ace.
Real Madrid are the latest club to be linked to Modric, with coach Jose Mourinho rumoured to be a long-time admirer.
The midfielder's friend and ex-Croatia colleague Bilic claims the Spurs man is keen on joining the Primera Liga champions and is getting closer to a move.
"I'm very good friends with Modric," the Sporting Gijon striker was quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
"He wants to play in the Spanish league. He loves the Premier League but he wants to play in Spain. He's very close to agreeing a move."