Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has admitted regrets over the manner of his departure from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.
The 32-year-old – who has since gone on to win three Champions League titles with Real Madrid – netted 17 times in 161 appearances across four years with Spurs.
“My one regret is that I didn't win a trophy with Tottenham, despite us being a strong team who played good, attractive football,” Modric told an interview with FourFourTwo.
“I'm sorry for the way I left. I wish we had parted in a nicer way. I hope fans understand that I followed my dreams.
“My emotions when I think about the time I spent at Spurs are always really positive. Tottenham is the club that first gave me my opportunity to play in one of the strongest leagues in the world.
“I had a fantastic relationship with the people at the club, and also the fans. The whole atmosphere in and around the club at that time was brilliant, and our results were mostly very good.
“We played in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, against Real Madrid, and in a League Cup final too.”