In the summer transfer window, Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham Hotspur seven years after leaving the north London club for Real Madrid.

Los Blancos took the Welshman from Spurs in 2013, a year after they signed Luka Modrić from the Premier League side.

José Mourinho was managing the La Liga winners when they acquired the midfielder’s services in 2012, and the Tottenham boss managed the player for one season.

Journalist Eduardo Inda, speaking to El Chiringuito TV, reports the former Chelsea manager has ‘called’ the 35-year-old to ‘bring him’ back to the English club.

It’s not clear whether Mourinho wants the Croatia international in the winter market or next summer.

Modrić’s current deal with Zinedine Zidane’s side will run down after the end of this season, and he is in a similar situation as Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.

According to Inda, the renewal talks between Real Madrid and the two players are ‘on track’, and Ramos is expected to sign a two-year contract.

This would suggest that both Modrić and the centre-back will continue at Santiago Bernabéu beyond this season.

If Modrić signs an extension with the Madrid based club, Mourinho and Tottenham will have to look for another target.