Ex-Liverpool star says departed Tottenham maestro Modric big loss to Premier League

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It is not just Tottenham fans who admired Luka Modric's midfield skills.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric made a return to action for Real Madrid last night in a thrilling Champions League match against Schalke.

Real lost 4-3 to a spirited German side at the Santiago Bernabeu, but won 5-4 on aggregate.

Modric came on in the 57th minute, and was as silky as ever in possession despite the frenetic nature of the match, completing 97 per cent of his passes.

The Croatian left Spurs in the summer of 2012 after a drawn out transfer saga, and has gone on to become a Champions League winner with Real Madrid.

Their gain was Tottenham's loss, with Spurs losing one of their top midfielders, and former Liverpool ace Dietmar Hamann was impressed with Modric last night, taking to Twitter to describe his sale as one of the league's biggest losses, even three years removed from the deal.

Modric played more than 150 games in all competitions for Spurs, a figure he should surpass at Real Madrid at the end of this year fitness permitting, currently just above 120.

Tottenham are not looking back though, they have young stars Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason breaking through, and they have a chance this weekend to do what Modric was never a part of at Tottenham, win at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

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