Barcelona rejected the chance to sign Luka Modric in 2008 because they were not thinking long-term, a former scout has told SER Catalunya.
Bojan Krkic Sr, the father of former Barca player Bojan Krkic, was working at the club when the opportunity to sign Modric surfaced shortly before he agreed to leave Dinamo Zagreb for Tottenham Hotspur.
However, Barca already had an abundance of midfielders and Krkic did not get the green light to push through a deal for the Croatia international.
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Real Madrid can equal the longest unbeaten run in their history with a draw against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League - but manager Zinedine Zidane is thinking only of victory.
Zidane's side trail Dortmund by two points heading into their final group game and need a win to finish top of Group F.
It is 33 matches since Madrid last lost - to Wolfsburg in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the same competition in April - and should they make it 34 they would match a record set in 1998/89.