Luka Modric says he regrets the way he left Tottenham.

The Croatian midfielder, who left for Real Madrid in 2012, spoke to FourFourTwo about the high regard he still holds Spurs in.

“My one regret is that I didn’t win a trophy with Tottenham, despite us being a strong team who played good, attractive football,” said Modric.

“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.”



  1. Show the lad some respect. One of the greatest players to grace WHL. It is true the circumstances weren’t the best when he left, but he’s acknowledged that and that takes guts. I’d shake his hand any day of the week.

  2. He used Spurs as a stepping stone to greater things…but for every Modric there’s a Bentley….but I always remember what Mabbs said “you’re going to be an ex player much longer than a player”, I doubt Spurs or it’s management would want anything to do with him…his attitude about not coming to practice was despicable…even if you want to leave a job, you show up, do your bit like it’s the first day


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