Modric comments on time at Spurs, United transfer rumours

The Real Madrid midfielder reminisced about his time at White Hart Lane, and dispelled comments that he could leave the Spanish club this summer.

Luka Modric is a relatively shy and retiring type, with the Croatian midfielder rarely giving interviews with media.

Talking to the BBC Sport recently, the Real Madrid playmaker has spoken about his contentment in the Spanish capital and remembered his time at Tottenham.

The 28-year-old moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2012 from Spurs, and admitted that he enjoyed his time in North London.

"I have great memories of Tottenham," Modric said.

"I spent four great years there with a lot of emotions, with a lot of love from the club and the fans. I enjoyed every moment with Tottenham. But in one moment you feel you need to take a step forward, to go to a higher level.

"I think it was the right time for me to go, but I will always be thankful to Tottenham for everything they did for me. I became a better player there and they pushed me to this level where I am at the moment. I will always be a fan, I follow them a lot when I can."

Modric has been a critical player for Carlo Ancelotti’s men this season, but has still been linked with a move to Manchester United over the last six months.

With the Premier League champions looking for midfield creativity, the Croatia international would fit the bill – but has distanced himself from rumblings of a Real Madrid exit.

"I never considered leaving Real Madrid or that it was a mistake to come here," he continued.

"It was my dream come true when I signed for Real Madrid. I want to stay here for as many years as possible and, if it's possible, finish my career here.

"I really enjoy my life in Spain. Madrid is a big and beautiful city with great parks where I like to walk. There are a lot of squares and museums, historic monuments. But I'm more a home guy, I feel most comfortable there with my wife and kids. We play, watch cartoons, like all families do."

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