In an interview with FourFourTwo, Luka Modric has apologised for the way he left Tottenham Hotspur.
The Croatian schemer spent four seasons at White Hart Lane, scoring 13 Premier League goals in 127 matches and assisting another 15 and he was named Spurs’ player of the year after a 2010/11 campaign that included a run to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, having topped a group featuring holders Inter Milan.
He pushed for a £40 million move to London rivals Chelsea, which was blocked before giving one more seasons to Spurs and then moving to Real Madrid instead and Modric admits that he is sorry about the way his departure from N17 panned out.
He said: “My one regret is that I didn’t win a trophy with Tottenham, despite us being a strong team who played good, attractive football. 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.
He added: “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.”
The article goes on to describe how Modric has enjoyed immense success since moving to Spain, winning the Champions League on three occasions and helping los Blancos win a first La Liga and European Cup double since 1957/58, and he reveals that he still looks out for Spurs results from time to time, and believes the club have the squad capable of lifting a first Premier League title in the not-too-distant future.
“Do I still follow their results? Yes, when I have time,” says the 32-year-old. “I always enjoy watching Tottenham’s games and I really like what the club has become over the last few seasons.
He added: “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.”
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