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Chelsea, Man Utd alerted as Real Madrid's Modric ponders early England return

Premier League clubs are on alert as Luka Modric struggles to win over fans at Real Madrid. The Sunday Mirror says Modric has put Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City on alert for a summer move.

Real Madrid midfielder ­Modric was voted La Liga's worst signing of 2012, having joined in August from ­Tottenham for £33million.

Modric is understood to have struggled to adapt to life in Spain and last week admitted his switch had been ­"challenging."

With sources in his homeland of Croatia claiming Modric would consider a swift return to the ­Premier League, Chelsea, United and City will monitor the 27-year-old's situation.

With Frank Lampard ­allowed to leave Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are evaluating their midfield options.

United boss Sir Alex ­Ferguson has been a ­long-standing fan of Modric and knows he must ­eventually strengthen his ­midfield, while City manager ­Roberto Mancini has ­declared his admiration for the playmaker.

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