PROFILE: VEDRAN CORLUKA
Oh, how times have changed. Despite spending just a year at Manchester City, classy Croatian defender Vedran Corluka handed in a transfer request to force his move to Tottenham, which was completed for £8.5m on transfer deadline day, September 2008.
Joining his closest friend Luka Modric at the club, Corluka signed for Spurs just a month before the manager who signed him – Juande Ramos – was sacked.
Corluka was a constant in the Spurs team under Harry Redknapp, and it was only the return of Kyle Walker from a loan spell for the start of the 2011/12 season which dislodged him from the side. Unsettled at Spurs, Corluka joined Bayer Leverkusen on loan in January 2012. When he returned at the end of the season, he joined Lokomotiv Moscow on a permanent deal for a fee of £5.5m. Six years later, he remains with the Russian club.
Vedran Corluka made 109 appearances for Tottenham, scoring one goal. Now retired from international football, Corluka earned 103 international caps including representing Croatia at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 European Championships and the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.
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