When the matter is about dedication and hard work very few would come close to the World Cup and Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric. With Toni Kroos injured, it was up to Modric to marshal the midfield in the La Liga matches before the international break. And, mind you, he fared brilliantly in those matches.
But there are rumours that he might leave Santiago Bernabeu and join the Major League Soccer in the United States.
But, Modric wishes to end his career in Bernabeu and expressed such to Cadena Cope’s ‘El Partidazo, which has been published in Marca.
“Of course I want to stay at Real Madrid, but it doesn’t depend on just me,” he told Cadena Cope’s ‘El Partidazo.
“It depends on what the club wants and the coach as well.”
“I feel good and my desire would be to finish my career at Real Madrid if possible, although I don’t want to be a problem for Real Madrid or for the coach.”
“We have a good relationship and I am sure that we will come to an agreement so that I stay or go to another club.”
“Real Madrid is my home and it’s my ninth season and I’m very happy.”
“We will see what will happen, I don’t like talking about hypothetical situations as I still haven’t spoken with the president.”
The Croatia international also spoke about the many coaches he has played for in a Real Madrid shirt including Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez, and Zinedine Zidane.
“Jose Mourinho was a key part in my transfer to Real Madrid,” Modric revealed.
“It’s a shame that I only had one year with him as he is an amazing coach and has shown this throughout his career. I will always be thankful to him. He is tough but was always open and I like people who are honest. Ancelotti is another spectacular coach and an even better person.”
“I had two very successful seasons with him where we won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.”
“I get on well with him and we still talk from time to time.”
“Benitez is a very good coach, but things didn’t work out for him at Real Madrid.”
“That’s football, not all coaches arrive at a team and are successful.”
“I didn’t have any problems with him.”
“From the outside, it seemed there was a problem in training but it was nothing and we got on well.”
“Zidane is a top manager and what he has done with us is something that cannot be repeated. People still don’t appreciate him as a coach and he is always questioned but he is one of the best coaches in the world.”
“On TV and the radio, you hear criticism towards him and people can criticize, but there are things that don’t make sense. He is a spectacular coach who has clear ideas and who galvanizes the players.”
“He could have many more years at Real Madrid and could even emulate the likes of Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger in England.”
Modric was also questioned about his opinion on VAR and whether he thought things needed to change.
“There are many complaints about VAR and many people believe that Real Madrid are helped by VAR, but tell me a decision that was not right for us,” he said.
“All the VAR decisions that Real Madrid have been involved in that were in our favour have been correct. VAR makes football fairer, although there are things that can be improved.”
During the interview, Modric even discussed his roots in Croatia and had a heartfelt story to share too.
“I had an amazing relationship with my grandfather because when my parents were at work I would stay with him,” Modric told the audience. It was very sad what happened [when his grandfather was killed in the war] and it left a mark as I was very young and he was a very important person to me.”
“It affected me a lot as I was still young and I didn’t understand why things like this could happen. Things have been etched in my memory, things like when people went to look for him and I knew that they wouldn’t find him. It was a very sad situation for all of us, but we survived.”
“We have great memories of him and it’s a shame that he didn’t see what I accomplished.”
“But I hope he is looking down from above.”
Croatia will play Switzerland this week in a friendly match before facing Sweden and France in the Nations League.
“I’m looking forward to seeing my teammates because it has been a year since I played for Croatia,” Modric stated.