Niko Kranjcar has criticised Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy over his handling of the Luka Modric situation.
The former Spurs midfielder left White Hart Lane for Dynamo Kiev this summer and his fellow Croat is also desperate to leave the club.
But Levy is unwilling to allow Modric to walk away from Spurs for less than the £40million asking price and that has led to the 26-year-old effectively going on strike this summer.
Kranjcar empathises with that stance in light of interest from Real Madrid and Levy's hard-line approach.
"I know the chairman talked to him face to face last autumn," said Kranjcar.
"Levy did everything to protect the interests of the club and make a profit. But if you were in Luka's shoes, you would probably do the same as him.
"To have an offer from Real Madrid is a once-in-a-career opportunity. I'd do anything to get to Santiago Bernabeu.
"Playing for Real Madrid is the greatest privilege in any footballer's career, even if I prefer Barcelona. That's why I understand Luka."
Kranjcar spent three seasons at White Hart Lane but struggled to gain a regular first-team place.
And the 27-year-old midfielder claims it is difficult to leave Spurs due to the demands of the chairman - pointing to the example of Dimitar Berbatov who left for Manchester United on deadline day in 2008.
"I know from my own experience how difficult these people are and how hard it is to break out of a contract with them," he added.
"Remember Berbatov? And it was the same with me. They held me back for two years, until my new club paid what they were asking and not a pound less.
"That is their speciality. They set unreasonably high transfer demands, but the absurd thing is they always get what they ask for.
"Dynamo Kiev is big on tradition and the fans, and though lots of people will say it's not like Tottenham, if you look at history, Dynamo Kiev is a bigger club than Spurs."