Luka Modric admits Real Madrid lost a ‘key player’ with Casemiro’s £70m sale to Manchester United…
- Luka Modric says Casemiro was a ‘key player’ for Real Madrid’s midfield
- But the 37-year-old thinks depth in that position will help them cope after he left
- Casemiro joined Manchester United for £70 million during the transfer window
Luka Modric believes Real Madrid’s strong midfield strength means they will not suffer despite the sale of Casemiro this summer.
Casemiro, 30, joined Manchester United on a £70million transfer window during the transfer window, the Brazilian coming to the English club at a time when they have reversed their early poor form.
Casemiro and Modric teamed up at Real Madrid to forge a formidable midfield trio with Germany’s Toni Kroos, and they were a key part of Real Madrid’s continued success.
However, Modric, who turned 37 on Friday, says the LaLiga club’s other options in the center of the park mean Casemiro’s departure from Real Madrid is not an issue.
Luka Modric, left, says Real Madrid will not suffer despite the departure of Casemiro, centre
The Croatia captain told Real Madrid TV: “We have started very well this year and we have a strong team.
“In midfield we lost an important player in Casemiro, but we have a lot of other good players who replace him and do a good job.
‘[Aurelien] Tchouameni has adapted very well. This is [Eduardo] Camavinga’s sophomore year and he had a great first year. Kroos has been here a long time.
‘[Federico] Valverde also does very well in every position. [Dani] Ceballos helps the team a lot. We are well equipped in this position.’
Modric says midfield strength is part of Real Madrid’s unbeaten start to the season
Real Madrid have won every game they have played to date, most recently a 3-0 road win at Celtic in their first game to defend their Champions League trophy.
The veteran midfielder is in good form but he cannot explain the reason behind his success other than his obsession with the sport.
“I’m always asked what my secret is, but I don’t know what to tell you,” Modric said. ‘It’s natural. I live almost 24 hours a day because of and for football. I think that’s very important.
“I love what I do and I enjoy my profession to the fullest, you never know how long you can last at this level and at this club that demands so much. I just try to enjoy the training and the games. All this contributes to a good condition as you get older.’
Carlo Ancelotti’s men will play in the league against Mallorca on Sunday, before receiving RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Casemiro joined England’s Manchester United during the transfer window for a £70 million transfer