Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has asked his assistant Aitor Karanka to give one-to-one tuition to ex-Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, in a bid to improve the Croatian's performances, reports Marca.
The 27-year-old has made a slow start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu, so far failing to fulfil the promise that prompted the reigning La Liga champions to splash £33million in order to bring him to the Spanish capital.
Mourinho had already said that Modric would need time to adapt, knowing that he's come from a very different style of football, and that the pressures associated with playing at Real Madrid are very different to those at Tottenham, where nobody criticised him.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was reluctant to lose the playmaker just weeks after he arrived at White Hart Lane. But, Modric had been pushing for a move away from north London for some time, and so was powerless to prevent what turned out to be, one of the most drawn out transfer sagas of the summer.
The fact that the deal was completed late in the transfer window, also meant that Modric missed out on Real Madrid's pre-season, and was forced to spend time training alone, to get match fit, which also slowed his progress, and integration into Mourinho's first-team.
Meanwhile, Tottenham brought in Mousa Dembele, who has made a bright start to life under AVB. However, the Belgian is currently sidelined through injury, once again leaving the Premier League side without a creative spark in the middle of the park.