Luka Modric is enjoying himself under Real Madrid's new manager Zinedine Zidane, whom he idolised as a youngster.
The Croatian midfielder spoke about the influence of the Frenchman in an interview with FIFA.com (via Marca) and was full of praise for the 43-year-old.
"I'm very happy," he said. "Zinedine was an idol. He was one of the players I admired as a child. I think every young player admired him because he was one of the best of his generation."
Zidane took over from Rafael Benitez in early January and has won three of four games in La Liga with Los Blancos. In that time, Madrid have netted 17 times, including Sunday's 6-0 rout of Espanyol at the Bernabeu.
Modric says he used to practise his set pieces with Zidane when he was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant: "Every piece of advice he gives you is like gold dust and it helps you improve on the pitch."
The 30-year-old also paid tribute to his superstar team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo. "He's an amazing team-mate and to my mind the best player on the planet," he said.
"Sharing a dressing room with him is fantastic," he continued. "You can learn so much from him: his desire, how hard he works every day, the effort he puts in. It's incredible."
Third-placed Real Madrid travel to Granada on Sunday, looking to close the gap on crosstown rivals Atletico and Barcelona.