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What Luka Modric Told Mason Mount After Chelsea Beat Real Madrid As Croatian Has Dig At Media

Luka Modric said that he imparted no special wisdom on Mason Mount when they swapped shirts after Chelsea defeated Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, with the Croatia midfielder taking a pot shot at some section of the English media ahead of tomorrow’s Group D opener at Wembley.

The 35-year-old midfielder said he simply wished the young midfielder luck in the final following Chelsea’s 3-1 aggregate win, although Mount yesterday described their brief conversation at Stamford Bridge as “overwhelming” and “special

Modric said: “It was a usual conversation after matches where you wish good luck to someone. I wish them all the best in the final, that was it. Mason has shown during the season that he is a very talented player with lots of potential. There’s a great future ahead of him. So if he keeps working and investing himself in the way he does that he will be a great player in the future, a great player in the national team.”

Speaking on Friday afternoon Mount’s recollection of meeting Modric seemed a little more of a big deal for the Cobham graduate. “He has always been a player that I have looked up to,” the 22-year-old said. “Ever since he has been in the Premier League with Tottenham, I have watched him quite closely. Playing against him, it was weird. Because I had watched him so much, I kind of knew his moves and what he was going to do.

“It helps being a fan of a player and then playing against him because you know what he likes to do. The experience of playing against him helps because you want to be in these big games and learn how to handle the pressure and big moments.

I spoke to [Mateo] Kovacic before the first game and asked if I could get his shirt at a later date, I managed to do that and he asked for mine in the second game because I didn’t actually give him mine in the first. Kova said he likes to swap with players so he came up and said he wanted mine. It was brilliant for me obviously to speak to him and he wanted my shirt so I was quite overwhelmed by that.”

The pair will be on opposite sides again at 2pm tomorrow, when Gareth Southgate’s team attempt to exact some revenge for the World Cup semi-final defeat three years ago.

Croatia were motivated by a perception of arrogance from England before that game in Russia and, asked if there was a sense of overconfidence from the de facto hosts this summer, the Balon d’Or winner made it clear it does not come from the team.

“That arrogance is not so much related to the players and to the national team but to the people around them, some of the journalists and commentators,” he said. “Recently I’ve not read much media outlets. I’m looking forward to the match and I don’t want to say too much about what’s on the other side.

“I expect an English team that will be very aggressive, very powerful from the beginning with the public at its side.

“I expect an English team that will be very aggressive, very powerful from the beginning with the public at its side.

“I expect a very strong game. It’s up to us to give whatever we can, all we can to do as much as we can. We’re very well prepared. We’ve worked very well in past seven days. The nuances will make the difference. We’ll be ready for tomorrow’s match.

“Of course they will be offensive and aggressive. They are at home, in front of their journalists. They will be motivated. But we are the same. We’re going on the field to do our best. We’ll see if that’s going to suffice.

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