Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric admits he has found life at the Bernabeu “challenging” since leaving Tottenham in the summer.
The Croatian playmaker completed a €35million move to the La Liga champions after spending four years at White Hart Lane, but he has struggled to break into the Real Madrid line-up.
Jose Mourinho recently criticised Modric for his inconsistent performances this season and Modric responded in Croatian newspaper Sportske on Wednesday. Quoted on as.com, he said:
“This is Real Madrid. I understand there is great pressure for new signings to succeed here.
“I’m not making excuses, I am not that kind of person, but it is very challenging to adapt to life at a big club like Madrid.
“I have had a few good performances, if not in every game, but I believe that I can prove I have something to offer.”
To give you an indication about how poor Modric has been for the Spanish champions this season, he has only started eight league games, scoring just one goal.
In a recent survey in Marca, Modric was voted the transfer fiasco of the year by Marca readers, ahead of Barcelona bust Alex Song with 32.2% of the votes
It will be interesting to see how Mourinho and Marca (pro Real Madrid publication) handle Modric in the second half of the season. Modric is said to be pretty close to Real Madrid target summer transfer target Gareth Bale, so will the criticism of Modric’s play be toned down to help get Bale in the summer?