Re-Sign Modrić Or We'll Run The Risk Of Him Joining One Of Our Biggest Rivals

Should Tottenham secure a place in the UEFA Champions League next season, they should cast aside previous bids for the likes of João Moutinho and bring one Luka Modrić back to England instead, before either Chelsea or Manchester United get the chance do so.

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Question: what do Jurgen Klinsmann, Teddy Sheringham, Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane, Younes Kaboul and Pascal Chimbonda all have in common? Answer: they all made unlikely returns to Tottenham Hotspur after being transferred away.

The point, you may be wondering, is this; Tottenham aren’t a club without precedent when it comes to buying back former players when in need, and during their time with Daniel Levy at the helm, it’s usually for less than they’d initially sold them on for to boot.

But why Luka Modrić of all people? To me, at least, it seems extremely straight forward. A player like Modrić makes a functional midfield a fantastic one, and statistics show that Tottenham’s game has directly suffered as a result of losing him. Passing levels have dropped off, goal-scoring figures have fallen and overall fluidity has on occasion appeared difficult to come by for Tottenham’s current outfit.

Injuries to the likes of Sandro and Dembele throughout this season have taken their toll on the class available to Tottenham’s spine, and with Huddlestone reliably inconsistent, Holtby yet to fully adjust to the league, Carroll still learning his trade and Scott Parker in the twilight of his career; the Croatian playmaker would be a highly welcome addition to the midfield options.

Having left White Hart Lane for the lure of the Santiago Bernabéu, and not just a chance to star in the Champions League but have a realistic chance of winning it; Modrić has found himself repeatedly used as a squad rotation player under Mourinho, mainly due to being thrust in to odd positions often not of his preference and taking time to adjust to both the pace of La Liga and the style of Madrid.

With the ‘Special One’ all but certain to be leaving the Spanish behemoths in the summer, little Luka’s future is far from certain given both the fans and the board appear to have their impatient reservations over him. With a player like Scholes retiring at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson is likely to be in the market for a deeper lying playmaker this summer, and he’s a well known admirer of the former Tottenham man.

As well as the newly crowned Champions, Chelsea are also well known to have long since been interesting in capturing the services of Modrić, failing to add to their vast array of diminutive technical players as bids in excess of £40m were routinely rebuffed by Daniel Levy while the player remained at Tottenham.

Madrid are, in truth, likely to be unfazed by having to take a cut on the fee they paid for him, and Tottenham would do well to capitalise on the ‘partnership’ created between the two clubs as a result of the player making a move in opposite direction.

However, there is a definite split in amongst Tottenham fans in attitude toward Modrić. As is the case with many an affair in football, emotion tends to weigh in heavily on fans perceptions of events, and how in turn they chose to look back on them. Was the way in which Modrić conducted himself off the field during the last two summers’ of his time at Tottenham in any way admirable or excusable? No, of course it wasn’t; but give him a few games back in lilywhite, orchestrating games and pulling strings in his own special way and all of that may soon be forgotten.

Modrić would, absolutely unequivocally, improve every single squad in the Premier League, bar none. If his time in Madrid is due to be cut short by the hasty powers that be in the Spanish capital, it would be a mistake for Tottenham to not even make an attempt to buy back they’re once prized asset. Should he make his way to one of the rival teams in the league instead this summer, he is odds on to come back and bite his former club on the posterior in a fashion one Luis Suarez would be proud of.


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