Luka Modric says Real Madrid’s recent successes would be nearly impossible without Zinedine Zidane as the head coach, adding that having the Frenchman at training everyday is a blessing for his teammates.
Modric joined Madrid in 2012 from Tottenham Hotspur, and despite having a rough patch with coaches over the years, Zidane’s arrival charted a new course in the 32-year-old’s football career.
Along with Toni Kroos, the Croatian captain is adjudged one of the team’s most important players at Bernabeu.
Modric has been awesome since last season; whenever he’s on the pitch, something spectacular happens. He is an indispensable part to all of Madrid’s recent achievements.
Speaking with Uefa.com in an interview, the mercuric midfielder who’s often deployed by coaches as a deep-lying playmaker said, “We were all excited that a Real Madrid legend [Zidane] was going to be our coach.
“Having him lead training every day is special and we all enjoy it.
“The things we have achieved these years is down to him and he has created a fantastic atmosphere at the club.”
Modric, who penned a long-time contract with Madrid last year, is expected to retire at the club or at least, after 2022. He spoke about his arrival in Spain, saying he was super-excited when news of the prestigious club’s interest in his services emerged.
After signing with Dinamo Zagreb from a youth team in 2002 and having stints with Zrinjski Mostar and Inter Zaprešić, the footballer waited until 2005 to taste his first professional game with the first eleven. Eventually, Madrid scouts showed interest in 2012, and Modric said, the Santiago Bernabeu became the only place on his mind.
“After four years at Tottenham, where I hit the ceiling, I needed new challenges to take my career to the next level,” he added.
“Real was the ideal club for me and when I heard they were interested there were no other options.
“Playing at the Bernabeu is special, it is the most beautiful stadium in which I have played and I hope it lasts for many more years.”
Modric arrived Bernabeu on a £33 million transfer fee.
“I hope it is not my last contract renewal,” he said last October after the renewal. “My desire is to retire at Real Madrid and with this renewal I am closer to that challenge.
“But it depends on many things. How I feel, what I contribute to the team… But my idea is to retire here. I feel very happy and excited to renew with Real Madrid, the best club in the world.
“I want to thank the club and the president for their confidence in me. I can promise that I will continue giving everything and work hard to meet the demands of the club.”