Luka Modric has revealed that “one regret” from his time at Tottenham still bugs him, despite having left for Real Madrid back in 2012.
The Croatia international spent four years with Spurs before heading to Spain, during which he made over 150 appearances and established himself as one of the finest playmakers in world football.
He was, however, to depart with no tangible reward to show for his efforts, and that still rankles the 32-year-old.
“I’m sorry for the way I left. I wish we had parted in a nicer way. I hope fans understand that I followed my dreams.
“My emotions when I think about the time I spent at Spurs are always really positive. Tottenham is the club that first gave me my opportunity to play in one of the strongest leagues in the world.
“I had a fantastic relationship with the people at the club, and also the fans. The whole atmosphere in and around the club at that time was brilliant, and our results were mostly very good.
“We played in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, against Real Madrid, and in a League Cup final too.
“Do I still follow their results? Yes, when I have time.
“I always enjoy watching Tottenham’s games and I really like what the club has become over the last few seasons.
“They play the kind of enjoyable and attacking football that I like to see, and I definitely think Spurs could win the Premier League title in the near future – they’ve got excellent players.”
“But this is football. Last season things went well, this season we have played quite well but it wasn’t always enough.
“I have no doubt that it is a temporary crisis and that we will achieve our goals from here to the end of the season.
“We are aiming to defend the titles we won last season, and I know it won’t be easy, but I will always trust in our quality.”
Real Madrid star Luka Modric has been named Croatian Footballer of the Year for a record-equalling sixth time, pulling level with the great Davor Suker.
Modric will lead his nation at this year’s World Cup, having skippered their play-off victory over Greece and scored the opening goal in their 4-1 first-leg win.
Modric was also named Player of the Tournament as Zinedine Zidane’s side won the Club World Cup in December.
The 32-year-old has made 12 LaLiga appearances thus far this season, with Real fourth in the Spanish top-flight, 14 points behind leaders Barcelona.