DarijoSrna believes compatriot Mateo Kovacic will eventually replace his Real Madrid Luka Modric as ‘being the best midfielder in the world’.

The 22-year-old Kovacic has taken an increasingly prominent role at the Bernabeu this season while the Shakhtar Donestk full-back believes Croatian captain Modric.

“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 Madrid.
“Although he is my friend, [Modric] is the best midfielder in the world at the moment.

Srna believes that Modric is clearly the best in the world and not just one of the best. He thinks Modric has been improving through the years and he is at his best currently. Since arriving, Modric has done nothing but keep improving and Madrid are going to face serious problems without the Croatian international.

“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.

Srna also spoke about Rakitic stating that the Barca star has shown his quality numerous times and even scored a goal in the Champions League final. He insists that Rakitic will work hard to get back to his utmost best.

Next up for Real Madrid is a trip to Osasuna on Saturday as they look to extend their lead at the summit of the Spanish League.