Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric has discussed the reasons he left to join Real Madrid.
The Croatian midfielder has developed into one world football’s most in-form players, helping the Spanish side to three Champions League titles and one La Liga honour.
After leaving White Hart Lane five years ago where he was a huge fan favourite, Modric has discussed his decision to leave the club.
“After four seasons with Tottenham, where I had grown as much as possible, I needed new challenges for the sake of improving, I couldn’t think about anything else,” he told UEFA.com.
Further to his comments, Modric commented on how the Spanish club have helped him develop his game.
“Signing for this club helped me move up to the next level. I am playing the best football of my career and feel better every day.
“Playing in the Santiago Bernabeu is special. It is the best stadium I have played in and I relish each moment. I hope that I have many more years to look forward to [here].”
Tuesday evening’s game at Santiago Bernabeu comes after Madrid beat Getafe 2-1 on Saturday afternoon and their opponents beat Bournemouth in the Premier League.
In Group H of the Champions League, both Madrid and Spurs sit top on six points, having both scored six and conceded just once.
Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has four goals already in the competition, whilst Harry Kane of Spurs has five in two games.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia will face off looking to get their first win of the competition.