“Come play with us” – Diego Simeone’s smiling plea to Luka Modrić during Madrid Derby

The details of a humourous exchange to have played out during Sunday’s Madrid Derby has come to the fore online this evening.

Real and Atlético, of course, locked horns for the latest occasion 24 hours ago, in a highly-anticipated La Liga clash.

After the two sides notched a win apiece across another pair of outings last month, on this occasion, they could not be separated.

Carlo Ancelotti’s hosts looked like they had done enough to take all three points, boasting the lead all the way through to the 92nd-minute courtesy of Brahim Díaz’s first-half opener.

Right at the death, however, Atléti conjured up a decisive equaliser, Marcos Llorente nodding beyond Andriy Lunin to spark chaotic celebrations amongst the visitors’ squad.

Prior to as much playing out, however, amid another testy capital affair, a more light-hearted moment, as alluded to above, was also caught on camera.

The moment in question centered on Diego Simeone, and Luka Modrić.

As the latter made his way to the sideline, waiting to be introduced to the fray, Simeone on a trio of occasions attempted to grab the attention of the Croatian icon.

And, upon finally managing to do so, he was spotted by DAZN’s Super 8 cameras shouting:

“Come play with us!”

Simeone’s smiling plea of course comes amid the understanding that Modrić will be on the move this summer, upon the expiration of his contract at the Bernabéu.

A move across the Madrid divide, however, looks, for obvious reasons, unlikely at best.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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