Former Tottenham Hotspur star Luke Modric has been in wonderful form since returning from injury.
The Croatia international picked up a long-term injury towards the end of 2014 and was ruled out of action for at least three months.
In his absence, Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti experimented with Isco dropping further back and Sami Khedira getting more of a look in, but that hasn’t worked.
Disappointing and embarrassing defeats to the likes of Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and more notably Schalke 04 in the Champions League caused the press to label Madrid’s situation a crisis.
However, Modric’s return from injury has coincided with the club’s massive improvement in results and performances, the highlight being the recent 9-1 demolition of La Liga minnows Granada.
The former White Hart Lane hero provides the perfect link between defence and attack and his bourgeoning reputation as Los Blancos’ key player is coming to the fore throughout Spain.
“Modric is the stronghold, the dominator. His influence goes further than his fellow midfield teammates. Playing touch and go football, he changes the orientation and knows when to break lines to pressure. The real change to Madrid has been Modric, and the Croatian each day represents more the player at Tottenham where he was the focal point of their offensive game,” a report in Marca states.
Modric has appeared in just 15 La Liga matches this season, averaging a pass completion rate of 91.3% - second only to German World Cup winner Toni Kroos.
Following his transfer from Spurs to the Spanish capital in 2012, the 29-year-old has helped the Santiago Bernabeu oufit win the Champions League, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.