Chelsea playmaker target Luka Modric has hailed former manager Jose Mourinho as a ‘fantastic coach’ – but distanced himself from speculation over a move to the Blues.
The Croatian international initially struggled to make an impact at the Santiago Bernabeu following his £32million move from Tottenham Hotspur, but found form towards the end of the campaign both domestically and in Europe.
It’s subsequently led to speculation that ‘the special one’ could look to bring the 27-year-old back to England, after he left the Spanish capital to return to the Chelsea helm.
However, Modric has admitted that, whilst it was a pleasure to work under Mourinho, he’s hoping to give Madrid fans more of his top performances next season.
"I can only speak well of Mourinho. He's a fantastic coach. It was a pleasure to work with him. He taught me how to play more aggressively. He always tries to get more than the best out of every player,” Modric told Marca.
"If you give 100% he asks for 110%. If you don't play to the best of your ability, someone will come and take your place.
"I showed what was expected of me at Old Trafford. I found my form in the right place and at the right time. It was an amazing 30 minutes and that was just the start. There will be more performances like that."
Mourinho has been linked with a couple of his former Madrid stars since being re-appointed at Stamford Bridge, with Xabi Alonso also reported to be on the Blues’ radar.
But luring players away from the Santiago Bernabeu is unlikely to be easy, and the Chelsea chief may have to look elsewhere in the coming months of the summer transfer window.