Ex-Tottenham star Luka Modric: I’m not Real Madrid’s saviour

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The Croatian midfielder has returned from injury, but feels he is not the man to save Carlo Ancelotti’s men.

Since leaving Tottenham for Real Madrid, Luka Modric has shown that he is one of the best central midfielders in the world.

The deep-lying playmaker is an essential member of Carlo Ancelotti’s side and Los Blancos have missed the diminutive schemer in recent months as he has been on the treatment table.

With Modric now returning to fitness, Madrid fans have welcomed the eastern European star back to the fold with open arms, with hopes that his presence will save the capital city side’s season after poor recent form.

Despite the midfielder’s importance to the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, Modric has claimed that he cannot be Madrid’s saviour.

“When I made my comeback and I was warming up on the touchline, the fans really started to give me encouragement and that helped me a lot,” he told Sportske Novosti.

“I was quite surprised to be honest; I didn’t expect it. But I don’t want to be seen as some kind of saviour – in football there are no saviours.

“This isn’t the true Real Madrid but I am sure that we will see the real Madrid very soon.”

Gareth Bale has received damning criticism in the Spanish press during Madrid’s recent lull but Modric has said that it is not just his former Tottenham team-mate that is feeling the pressure to succeed.

“The players talk a lot amongst ourselves and we know that Ancelotti has enough experience to turn this around,” he continued.

“Bale? The whole team is suffering right now, not just Bale.”

Following Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Eibar yesterday, Madrid find themselves four points adrift of the current La Liga leaders, with a fixture against Levante today giving the European champions the opportunity to close the gap.

Madrid travel to take on Barcelona in a potential decisive El Clasico next weekend.

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