Darijo Srna believes compatriot Mateo Kovacic will eventually replace his Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric as ‘being the best midfielder in the world’.
22-year-old Kovacic has taken an increasingly prominent role at the Bernabeu this season and the Shakhtar Donestk full-back believes Croatian captain Modric is the world's best in his position, but says Kovacic is waiting in the wings. A William Hill promo code might soften the blow when Modric is usurped.
"I am sure he [Kovacic] will succeed Modric as he has incredible talent," Srna told Marca.
"I adore him. Although he has improved a lot, we have not yet seen all he can give. But we will. He is the future of Madrid. He needs time as just three years ago he left Dinamo Zagreb to play at Inter and then Real.
"Although he is my friend, [Modric] is the best midfielder in the world at the moment.
"I have no doubt, I do not say he is one of the best, I am sure that he is the best. Luka is improving with the years, I believe he is at his best now. Since he arrived he has been improving with the team. Madrid are having a great run of results, but without Luka they would have problems.
"Rakitic? He has shown his quality many times - he scored a goal in the Champions League final! I am sure that he will work hard to get back to his best. I have a lot of faith in Rakitic."