Luka Modric Teases Surprise Premier League Return

Modric's current Real Madrid contract expires at the end of the season. Veteran midfielder has been tipped to find a new club this summer, with a return to the Premier League, where he used to represent Tottenham, suggested.
Modric is open to returning to England
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Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has refused to rule out a return to the Premier League when he eventually departs the Santiago Bernabeu.

Modric, now 38, will see his current contract expire at the end of the season and, given his limited first-team opportunities this year, he has been tipped to walk away from his current club this summer.

Former employers Dinamo Zagreb have been tipped to move for Modric but the Croatia international recently admitted he could not out a possible return to the Premier League, where he made his name with Tottenham Hotspur between 2008 and 2012.

"It will be difficult at my age, but you never know," Modric told Optus Sports' PL Stories: The Croatian Touch.

Modric enjoyed his four years in England. Under the guidance of manager Harry Redknapp, he made 160 appearances for Spurs in all competitions, flashing the sort of quality that earned him a £30m move to Madrid in the summer of 2012.

"Coming to Tottenham was the right decision," Modric reflected. "If I could have written the script for how my career would develop, I couldn't have written it better than how everything has turned out.

"When you leave the Premier League, you don't just stop following it. I follow the league, especially the teams with Croatian players. Course, I still follow Tottenham.

"I can only say great things about Harry [Redknapp]. He is a great coach but what impressed me even more is how he is as a person - a phenomenal man. He helped me a lot while I was at Tottenham until I left. I am forever grateful and I have happy memories working with him.

"To have someone who really believes in you, who sees your potential, that helps. I needed that, especially after my initial struggles. We definitely played the most beautiful football in England."

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