The summer of 2012 for the Tottenham Hotspur was dominated by the news of Luka Modric wanting to sign with Real Madrid. Modric even went as far as to not participate in the the Spurs US Tour.
The Spurs did not want to sell Modric unless the price is right. At one point, Paris Saint-Germain offered to sign Modric but the latter wanted Real Madrid.
In the end, the Spurs decided to do the right thing and send him to Spain. The reason is that the Spurs under Andre Villas-Boas does not need distractions like the one experienced by Manchester City and Roberto Mancini with Tevez.
It appears that Modric was not going to be happy with the Spurs. The Spurs realized that and how Modric antagonized them.
The time for Modric to go to Real Madrid and leave the Spurs was evident. What are the lessons to be learned?
It appears that at times money cannot buy happiness and that is what Modric may want. If happiness is what Modric wants, he should be allowed to pursue it by spending the last years of his professional career with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho.
The only thing that remains to be seen is whether Modric will fit into Real Madrid.