After arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu as the major summer signing, Luka Modric has failed to live up to the expectations at the club. Signed for around £ 35 million, the former Tottenham midfielder has recently been voted by the fans as the worst signing in the season. Prior to his move, the 26-year-old had been courted by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. Chelsea were even willing to pay around £ 44 million for the services just over a year ago, but the incredible fall from grace for the striker is mainly due to the bad pre-season.

Recently, the Real Madrid manager José Mourinho said that Modric is going to be tough time because he has not settled yet at the club. He expected better performances from the Croatian midfielder once he has settled. Modric, meanwhile, believes that the pre-season did not go well for him, and it has consequently having a negative effect on the season as a whole. Modric has said that the Spanish league is definitely more technical than the Premier league, but it is not necessarily less in terms of the physical demands. Modric has managed just one goal in his 19 appearances for the club this season. The 27-year-old has been linked with a return to English football in the summer.

“Everyone says the Spanish league is a very technical league and I agree, but it is also very demanding on a physical level. It was a very demanding summer. I didn’t have a pre-season and that has had an influence. I didn’t know if I would be going to Real or not, which affected things and the whole team hasn’t played like it did last season so this has also complicated things for me. But the squad have had a lot of patience with me, they have supported me and I have confidence in my ability,” said Modric.