Harry Winks described it as “special” to play against Real Madrid’s Luka Modric – a role model of his from the Croatian’s time at Spurs,according to an article in FourFourTwo
Young Harry was a part of the youth set up at White Hart Lane whenc the Croatian was plying his trade for the club, before he left to join Madrid in 2012 and subsequently went on to win three Champions League titles.
On Tuesday the two went head-to-head for the first time, and Winks, who held his own in the Bernabeu, was full of praise for his 32-year-old opponent.
“When I was coming through the academy at a young age, he was someone I always used to watch at White Hart Lane,” said Winks.
“I still admire him to this day – he’s a fantastic, world-class player. To play against him was special.
“Him and [Toni] Kroos, they are two world-class players, players I look up to, so when you go on the pitch with them it’s easy to get a little bit daunted by it.
“But I try to take all that away from it, treat it like any normal game and just go for them as I would any other player. Being on the pitch with them, you realise their quality and just how good they are.”
It has been a whirlwind few weeks for young Harry, making his senior England debut and of course that assured performance on Tuesday in Spain. We have been crying out for a Modric-Esque type of midfielder for a while, is Winks the answer we have been looking for? Let us know your thoughts.
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