December 5, 2023

Luka Modric has dashed hopes of a potential return to Tottenham by agreeing to extend his stay at Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho was reportedly interested in luring the 35-year-old midfielder back to north London.

The Spurs boss has already brought one Real player back to the club in recent times with the loan signing of Gareth Bale earlier this year after a seven-year stay in the Spanish capital.

Modric is free to negotiate with any team on January 1 but the Croatian midfielder has admitted he is happy in Spain.

Marca reported on Saturday night that the Croatian international has reached an agreement in principle to extend his current contract, which ends on June 2021.

The Croatian international will renew his deal for another year to June 30, 2022.

The new deal will extend his stay in the Spanish capital to 10 years after joining from Tottenham Hotspur for £30million in 2012.

During his eight and a half years in the Spanish capital, Modric has won four Champions League titles, two LaLiga titles and the Ballon d’Or.

Last month Modric said he wanted to end his career at the club.

He said: ‘I feel good, I feel strong, and I still have plenty of football in my legs and strengths to continue, but let’s see what happens in the future.

‘I’ve said many times and I’ll say it again, I’m very happy at Madrid and I’d love to end my career here, but let’s see what happens.

‘Who wouldn’t want to end their career at Real Madrid? But it depends on a lot of things. But there is no-one who’d be happier than me to continue at Real Madrid.’

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