Luka Modric has developed a fine relationship with Zinedine Zidane | Etsuo Hara/Getty Images
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric believes manager Zinedine Zidane could become Los Blancos’ version of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, describing him as “untouchable”.
Zidane has currently spent four years at the Bernabeu over two spells, guiding Real to three Champions League crowns and a pair of La Liga titles since his initial 2016 arrival.
Zidane left the club after their 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final | TF-Images/Getty Images
The Frenchman left Madrid five days after his side’s victory in the 2018 Champions League final but returned just under a year later following ill-fated spells at the helm from Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari.
One of Zidane’s stars during his time as Los Blancos boss, Luka Modric, meanwhile, says he can emulate the likes of Ferguson and Wenger if he remains at the club for the long-haul.
Admiring the Frenchman as a coach in an interview with El Partidazo de Cope, the Croatian said: “Zizou is a top manager. What he has done with us over the years is unrepeatable. It gives me the feeling that people do not appreciate him as a coach, he is always questioned.
“He’s one of the best! I wish that all of the world saw him as untouchable at Madrid,” Modric added.
Modric has won everything there is to win at Real | Alex Caparros/Getty Images
“When you listen on TV or to the radio there are complaints and criticisms of Zidane. There are some criticisms that don’t even make sense. He’s a spectacular coach.
“The way he fits us is like a glove. He is ideal for Real Madrid. Zidane could be like Ferguson or Wenger in England.”
In the interview, Modric also waxed lyrical about some of the previous Real managers he’s had following his arrival from Tottenham in 2012; describing Jose Mourinho as “key” in his signing for Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti as as “spectacular coach” as well as noting his respect for Rafa Benitez.
The Croatian described his first Real boss, Jose Mourinho, as “strong” and “honest” | Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images
Regarding his own future, though, the 35-year-old said: “I would like to continue at Real Madrid. I think I still have football to continue here, but it depends on what the coach, the club, wants.
“My wish is to finish my career at Real Madrid, but I don’t want to be a burden. I feel at home,” Modric concluded.