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Almunia: Real Madrid have paid Tottenham too much for Modric

The ex-Arsenal goalkeeper admits that he does not understand the fuss around the Croatia midfielder, being of the opinion that Real Madrid have paid an "exaggerated" £33m fee

Manuel Almunia claims that Real Madrid have paid over the odds for their new signing Luka Modric.

The Croatian completed a €42 million [£33m] transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday and, while the former Arsenal goalkeeper conceded that Jose Mourinho has signed a decent player, he does not believe that the deal represents value for money.

"Modric is a good player, but I do not know what all the fuss around him is," Almunia said to COM Radio.

"€42m seems a bit exorbitant, he is a good player and he can be useful for Madrid but the price is a bit exaggerated."

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The ex-Gunner went on to talk about his former team-mate and recent Barcelona acquistion, Alex Song, commending the Cameroonian's midfield attributes.

"He is a wall, his greatest strengths are the distruption of the opposing game and stealing the ball and sometimes he has the genius to send a brilliant pass which surprised us [at Arsenal]," the Watford goalkeeper enthused.

Modric could make his debut for Los Blancos on Thursday as his new side look to overturn a 3-2 deficit to their arch rivals, Barcelona, in the second-leg of the Supercopa.

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