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Real squad 'almost complete', coach Mourinho says

Published on Aug 5, 2012 7:11 PM
Head coach Jose Mourinho (centre) of Real Madrid speaks with goalkeeper Iker Casillas during a training session on the UCLA campus on Aug 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Real Madrid will play a friendly soccer match against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Aug 2, at the Home Depot Centre. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Real Madrid's squad is "almost complete", coach Jose Mourinho said as the La Liga champions prepare to begin the defence of their title starting in two weeks.

Real are reportedly chasing Tottenham Hotspur's Croatian playmaker Luka Modric, with one or both of midfielders Kaka and Nuri Sahin expected to move on after disappointing stints in the Spanish capital.

"We are hard at work preparing because we are well aware of the fact that it is not going to be easy, quite the contrary," Mourinho told Fox in an interview during Real's pre-season tour of the United States. "The team is almost complete," added the Portuguese, who helped end Barcelona's three-year grip on the La Liga title last season.

"They are special players, we have a lot of the best players in the world and my team's motivation when faced with new challenges never ceases to surprise me." Modric refused to take part in Tottenham's tour of America and manager Andre Villas-Boas said he would be fined as a result.

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