Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has singled out Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic for special praise and believes Kovacic is the player to eventually take over his Croatian crown once he retires from international football.
Modric has 146 caps with Croatia and it is believed the World Cup in Qatar will be his last tournament for Croatia.
“My successor in Croatia or the most talented player, I think, is Mateo Kovacic,” said Modric.
“He has played for important clubs like Inter Milan, Real Madrid, now he is at Chelsea doing things very well and that’s why let’s say that he is one of the successors, he can be the leader of the next Croatia”.
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has praised the attitude of Kovacic, not only on the pitch, but also in training.
“He loves training. He loves football truly from his heart. You can ring him 3 at night and he’ll be here 3:30 fully ready to do anything. He’s here with a smile,” Tuchel said.
“He’s always angry when you tell him he needs to do a bit less because he played the day before or he needs to play the day after. He is hungry for football and happy when he’s sweating, working hard. Pure please to be his coach… top player.”