Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric says he is “too old” to follow in Gareth Bale’s footsteps by securing a return to Tottenham.
Bale, 31, left Madrid earlier this year to return to north London after seven years in the Spanish capital.
Back in 2012, it was Modric who first made his move to Madrid, with Bale joining him a year later.
However, speaking to FourFourTwo, the Croatian insisted that the time has now passed for him to follow Bale. Instead, he promised to finish his time with Los Blancos on a high before finding another club.
“I’m too old to go back to Tottenham,” the 35-year-old said.
“I still have a year left in Madrid and then we’ll see what happens. I feel good and I want to continue playing football for a few more years. I am focused on Madrid and the things we can achieve this season.
“Afterwards I will sit down to talk to the management, and we will look for a suitable solution for everyone.
“I have forged a good relationship with all the people of the club and no matter what happens there will be no problem.”
Modric became one of the world’s best players after securing his move to Madrid. Indeed, he has won four Champions League titles among a host of other silverware
In fact, he capped off an incredible 2018 by winning the Ballon d’Or, after claiming his fourth European Cup and leading Croatia to the World Cup final.
Mourinho wants Spurs ‘evolution’
Meanwhile, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he wants to overhaul several aspects of the club as part of an ‘evolution’.
Mourinho has already improved his team with signings including Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
But the Portuguese boss claims that he also wants to change the way his players think in a bid to lead them to silverware.