Winks was in the academy when Modric was starring at Tottenham with the Croatia midfielder then switching White Hart Lane for the Bernabeu in 2012.
“Modric was always someone I looked up to when I was coming through the academy as a young player," recalled Winks. “He is someone I would go to White Hart Lane to watch and I still admire him to this day. To play against him was special.
“He and Kroos are fantastic, world-class players, so when you go on the pitch with them, it is easy to get a little bit daunted. But I tried to take all that away from it, treat it as any normal game and approach them as I would any other player. You realise just how good they are when you play against them."