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Sunday 20 April 2014

Madrid proves ‘challenging’ for Modric

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric admits he has found life at the Bernabeu "challenging" since leaving Tottenham in the summer.

The Croatian playmaker completed a €35m to the Primera Division champions after spending four years at White Hart Lane, but he has struggled to hold down a first-team place under head coach Jose Mourinho.



The Portuguese has recently criticised the 27-year-old for his inconsistent displays and Modric responded in Croatian newspaper Sportske today.



Quoted on as.com, he said: "This is Real Madrid. I understand there is great pressure for new signings to succeed here.



"I'm not making excuses, I am not that kind of person, but it is very challenging to adapt to life at a big club like Madrid.



"I have had a few good performances, if not in every game, but I believe that I can prove I have something to offer."



Modric has only started eight league games for the capital club, scoring just one goal as Madrid bid to close a daunting 16-point gap on league leaders Barcelona.

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