Chief football officer Zvonimir Boban insists AC Milan will not be signing Luka Modric from Real Madrid this summer.
Italian press have recently linked Modric with a surprise transfer to either Milan or local rivals Inter. Although he seems set to remain at Real for this season as there have been no new blockbuster arrivals lately.
Nonetheless, rumours continue to persist in linking the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner with a switch to the San Siro. Fueling them was a picture of him as a child wearing a Milan jersey.
Although Rossoneri technical director Paolo Maldini played down this speculation last month despite conceding Modric would be “perfect” for them.
And now Boban has firmly shut the door on any potential arrival for the 33-year-old.
“Twenty days ago, Paolo Maldini declared that Luka Modric will not be a Milan player,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“But since we continue to talk about it and write about it without any basis, I would like to repeat that the best player in the world of last year will not be our player.
“As far as I can see, he will still be in Madrid. Obviously, it would be great to have him, but this is the only truth.”
Boban added: “Luka is a person and a player of the highest level.
“We thank him for his good wishes for next season and we are pleased that he has liked our club since he was a child, but it is right to clarify things – out of respect for our fans, too.”
Milan have signed five new players in the summer transfer window in Rafael Leao, Theo Hernandez, Ismael Bennacer, Leo Duarte and Rade Krunic.
Franck Kessie, meanwhile, joined the club on a permanent €24m deal from Serie A rivals Atalanta after spending the last two years on loan at the San Siro.