Modric: Redknapp helped change my career for the better at Spurs

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28: Luka Modric of Tottenham is ackowledged by manager Harry Redknapp as he is substituted during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on August 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Luka Modric paid tribute to his former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp after winning his maiden Ballon d’Or award on Monday night

The 33-year-old playmaker capped off a stellar year by beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann to football’s most prestigious individual award.

In 2018, Modric helped Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League title along with leading Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.

In light of this, Modric has been the recipient of many individual accolades this year with the most notable other one being the FIFA World Player of the Year.

Speaking afterwards, Modric took a moment to highlight the significance Redknapp had on him at Spurs.


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“The change of position helped me a lot in my career. I used to play more offensively,” said Modric, according to talkSPORT.

“When I dropped back, I was able to read the game better and show my creativity. Harry Redknapp made that change.”

Modric played under Redknapp at Spurs from 2008 to 2012 before he left for Real in a £33m deal.

Speaking about Modric in July, Redknapp said: “He’s an amazing player and a great guy.

“Low maintenance, never a problem. He just came in every day, trained great and fantastic to watch on the training ground. He’s a model professional and an absolutely top-class player.”