Give Modric time to adapt at Real Madrid: Alonso
MADRID (REUTERS) - Xabi Alonso has backed Real Madrid team-mate Luka Modric to come good despite an indifferent start to the Croatia midfielder's La Liga career.
Modric, 27, left Tottenham in August and has started only eight of his new club's 18 La Liga matches and three of six Champions League games.
Alonso, coach Jose Mourinho's preferred choice alongside Germany's Sami Khedira in central midfield, said he himself needed time to adjust when he returned to Spain from Tottenham's English rivals Liverpool in 2009.
"There are a few of us competing for that position and he is adapting to a new club and a new league," Alonso told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's King's Cup last 16, second leg at home to Celta Vigo.