Luka Modric has ended hopes that he might return to Tottenham from Real Madrid.
The Croatian icon moved to the Premier League from Dinamo Zagreb way back in 2008 – and went on to make 159 appearances for the club scoring 17 goals before being tempted by a £30m move to La Liga.
Following the return to north London of Gareth Bale, some Spurs supporters might have been hoping that Modric would be tempted to make the same move when his contract expires in June.
However, the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner isn’t quite sure that he is still up to the task.
Modric told FourFourTwo : “I’m too old to go back to Tottenham.
“I still have a year left in Madrid and then we’ll see what happens. I feel good and I want to continue playing football for a few more years. I am focused on Madrid and the things we can achieve this season.
“Afterwards I will sit down to talk to the management, and we will look for a suitable solution for everyone.
“I have forged a good relationship with all the people of the club and no matter what happens there will be no problem.”
The 35-year-old veteran has made a postive start to the new season under Zinedine Zidane after their recent league title, and scored in their first El Clasico of the season to help see off Barcelona on Saturday.
However, Jose Mourinho might still try to convince Modric to return to England, having already worked with the playmaker during their time together with Los Blancos.
Modric said of his switch from Spurs to Spain in his 2014 autobiography: “During this long period of negotiating, going back and forth, there were several times I got scared that Real might withdraw.
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“The very idea made me nervous. Mourinho played a vital role; he was determined to bring me to Real, insisting on the transfer even when the Real officials lost their patience with Levy.
“Mourinho himself called the Tottenham chairman and tried to persuade him to accept the offer, ‘otherwise Real could back out of it.”‘
Before adding: “Despite all the turbulence in the summer of 2011 and what followed later, I always had a good relationship with Daniel Levy.”