I'm not sure of the veracity of this quote, but it fits, doesn't it?
Assou-Ekotto said: “I don’t know what is happening with Parker, and I don’t know if he would fill Modric’s spot because I don’t know what kind of player he is.
“I don’t really watch much football. I will watch some games – but if I miss one I really don’t care
Didn't he play against him like at least 5 times? I know he didn't mark him personally, but still...