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Modric: “Simeone constantly needs to undermine Real Madrid”

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A frustrated Luka Modric has accused Diego Simeone of having an unfair attitude towards the Real Madrid squad

Modric’s had the greatest year of his playing career to date after winning his first-ever Ballon d’Or as well as collecting a host of individual accolades.

Although the outcome of the 2018 Ballon d’Or results stirred some controversial comments from several high profile figures in the football world.

And Atletico Madrid coach Simeone was among them by claiming that his star man Antoine Griezmann or Real’s Raphael Varane should have been named the victor instead.

“It’s really okay that Simeone thinks his player to be better, but he has a constant need to undermine Real Madrid and their players,” Modric told Sportske Novosti.

“He takes every opportunity to insinuate unrealistic actions that would explain Real’s achievements at the expense of others.

“I have great respect for Diego Simeone and everything he has won with Atletico, just as I have great respect for the players, the fans and the great club.

“It’s not fair that our successes, among which are two honourable Champions League victories against Atletico, are reduced to his constant theories about some kind of favours towards Real.”

The Croatia international also gave some insight into life after Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer departure from Real and responded to the Portuguese’s claims that Juventus feel more like a family than to what he had experienced in Spain.

“I shared six beautiful seasons with Ronaldo, probably the best years of my career, and we’ve done so much together,” said Modric.

“My personal view is that staying for nine years at Real is significant in terms of how he felt at this fantastic club.

“Among other things, he won four Ballons d’Or. You can’t achieve this if you are not at peace in the environment.

“I’ve been here for six and a half years and I can say with certainty that we are a good group, with mature people and quality players, good relationships and an excellent atmosphere.

“Of course, there are better and worse days, but the core strength of the group can’t be questioned. If it were, we would not win all of these trophies, either team or individual ones.”