Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Luka Modric, who has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Arsenal, admits he would like to play in England.
Modric, who is set to line up for Croatia against England on Wednesday night, has attracted attention after some impressive performances for club and country in recent months.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who is not deterred by the £30m price tag on Modric’s head, has reportedly opened negotiations for the player.
Arsenal are also thought to be keen and Modric admits he is keen to make a move to the Premier League. “I’d love to play in the Premiership,” he told The Sun.
“I’d like things to happen soon and it’s possible maybe even this winter. “It would be a great challenge for me. It’s for sure one of the best leagues in the world. “I don’t have a preference for a club. There are a few big clubs in England where I would love to play.”
Ready for England
Modric has warned England not to read too much into Croatia’s 2-0 defeat to Macedonia on Saturday.
He insists Croatia will be much more focused for the match at Wembley, a game in which England must avoid defeat if they are to reach next summer’s Euro 2008 finals.
“If Russia had won in Israel we would have been a different team in Macedonia,” he explained.
“We are going to London to show who we really are and I think we can surprise our hosts with the real Croatia.”