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Conte willing to bring old master back to Tottenham as rival boss stamps authority

James Marshment
Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, warming up for Real Madrid before UEFA Super Cup clash v Atletico Madrid

Antonio Conte is reportedly ready to offer Luka Modric a return to Tottenham – on the off-chance he fails to agree on a contract extension with Real Madrid.

The legendary Croatian was signed by Real Madrid in 2012 to be their answer to Barcelona’s Xavi and Iniesta. The former Tottenham favourite has lived up to those lofty expectations, playing an integral role in four Champions League successes between 2014-18.

However, despite now being 36, the classy midfielder is showing no signs of slowing up. Indeed, this season he has been a fixture in Carlo Ancelotti’s side. In fact, during 20 appearances in all competitions, he’s contributed an impressive five assists.

It’s that kind of form that has kept 23-year-old Federico Valverde quiet and

Real operate a policy of only offering one-year extensions to players over the age of 30. That has reportedly irked Modric who believes his importance to the club should be better rewarded.

As such, Modric is reportedly ‘open’ to the prospect of returning to England.

And with the likes of both Manchester City and Spurs willing to welcome him back to the Premier League, it is reportedly Spurs who have made the first move.

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That’s according to Fijachés journalist Ekrem Konur, who states Conte will be welcome Modric back to Spurs. Indeed, he reports the Spurs boss has told him there’s a deal waiting for him back at his former club should he fail to agree terms at the Bernabeu.

Despite his veteran status, his return would surely be a masterstroke by Conte. His influence on games has rarely been strong and he retains huge respect among his peers and the Tottenham faithful. Modric enjoyed four season at White Hart Lane, making 159 appearances for the club, scoring 17 times.

Ancelotti offers Luka Modric a contract for life

Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, is doing his best to offer Modric assurances over his future.

Indeed, when asked about the midfielder’s future earlier this week, the Italian did not seem too concerned.

“Luka Modric has not signed the contract renewal yet,” he stated. “But he practically has a lifetime contract with Real Madrid.”

Indeed, his stance is reflected by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

The Italian journalist feels it is just ‘a matter of time’ before Modric agrees an extension to extend his 10-year Bernabeu stay.

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