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.”
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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…