Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has said he is sad to see Carlo Ancelotti leave the club adding that he played his best football under him.
The Italian was relieved of his duties on Monday afternoon after Florentino Perez and the rest of the board decided the 55-year-old should pay the price for not winning La Liga or the Champions League.
Ancelotti’s departure has angered many fans who believe he was doing a good job for the club and also brought about a period of calm following Jose Mourinho’s chaotic running of the European giants.
The former AC Milan, Chelsea and PSG boss was popular with the players, many of whom have taken to social media to wish him well.
And speaking to reporters, Croatian playmaker Modric joined those in praising the former Real manager.
“All I can say is that he is a great coach and person. I’ve played my best football under him. He trusted me from day one. Sometimes, although you don’t win trophies, it does not mean you’re no good. Our season has been very bad if you look at the results, but this is the thing: either you win or you fail, there is no middle ground,” he stated.
He added: “Maybe it is unfair for the coach or players, but it may be the key to success at Madrid. If we had not had such bad luck with injuries, it could have been different. It is frustrating for me not having won La Liga yet. It is the only trophy that I have not won with Madrid, but we will do our best to win it next season.”