There is not denying Luka Modric's ability, but as for whether he would be welcome to grace White Hart Lane in a Tottenham shirt again is up for debate.
Bringing back a player sold for around £30 million last summer, plus a possible £70 million would no doubt appeal to Daniel Levy's business acumen, but from a footballing or a fan perspective it is suspect as to whether it is the right move.
Modric was a valuable member of Tottenham's first team over four seasons, playing more than 150 games for the club.
But he spent the large part of two summers sulking in an effort to force a move, successful at the second attempt. One of those was under the supervision of Andre Villas-Boas, who would be expected to coach a player who behaved unprofessionally under his first short stint.
Modric is a fine central midfield player, but it is an area in which Spurs are well covered, with the recent addition of Paulinho. They also have Moussa Dembele, Sandro, Lewis Holtby and Nacer Chadli who can play centrally, and that's before mentioning fringe players like Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, or promising youngsters like Tom Carroll.
Modric has made repeated quotes over the past six months to the Spanish press in an effort to persuade Madrid to push for Gareth Bale and the Welshman to join him. This has not gone unnoticed among Spurs fans and surely not becoming of the behaviour of a footballer Spurs would want back.
Given his time and energy spent trying to persuade Bale to head to Spain, it's likely Modric would return to Spurs begrudgingly with his tail between his legs, whatever he might admit.
How long would it take until he wants to move on again? What if Spurs finish fifth and he attracts the attention of Manchester United or Chelsea once again?
Surely that's a saga Spurs fans would not be willingly re-entered into, and given their cover in midfield at present, we wonder whether bringing back the Croatian is even needed or wanted at all?
Spurs fans let us know, would you take Modric back?
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