Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric admits he was flattered that Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign him for Manchester United.

Modric left Tottenham for Real last year.

"(Carlo) Ancelotti wanted me already," he said. "One year ago at PSG and in 2011 at Chelsea. But then Andre Villas-Boas came and Tottenham did not want to give me up.

"I also knew of the interest of the United and even if the transfer did not materialise, the public appreciation of a great like Sir Alex is a big pride for me."

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