Tottenham Hotspur have allowed Ivan Perisic to return to Croatia with Hajduk Split – and the move is making big headlines.
Tottenham swooped to sign Hajduk Split wonderkid Luka Vuskovic in September, securing a deal for the defender to arrive when he turns 18 in 2025.
Perisic hails from Split and grew up supporting Hajduk, even spending six years in their youth ranks as a kid.
Perisic has gone on to excel across Europe and the hope was that he would come back to Hajduk to try and win the league title in an emotional return home.
The 34-year-old sadly picked up a major injury in September, putting the deal in doubt – but Perisic has now completed a return to Hajduk, penning a loan until the end of the season.
Perisic will then sign a one-year permanent deal with Hajduk after his Spurs contract expires, with the deal making big headlines in Croatia.
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Perisic joins a Hajduk side who sit top of Croatia’s top flight, six points clear of Rijeka and seven clear of Dinamo Zagreb.
Hajduk haven’t won a league title since 2005, so Perisic is returning to try and help Hajduk get over the line and end a near-20-year wait for top spot.
The England international played over 200 games for Spurs but failed to win a single piece of silverware.
A far cry from his spell at the Blues, where he’s won an impressive haul of trophies, including FIVE Premier League titles and the Champions League.
After signing a new deal, Walker made reference to his journey in his career and brought up the fact he never won anything at Spurs.
He said: “Obviously when I signed from Tottenham I hadn’t won anything.”
Walker, who has also won the four EFL Cups and two FA Cups, will be hunting for more trophies as he believes his team has ‘no excuses’ to win silverware this season.
“Everything that we have here, the facilities, the chefs, the kitmen, the nutritionists, it’s all top.
“So if they’re providing what they can do or at their very best it gives us no excuse not to go out and perform at our very best. There’s no excuses.
“And we should demand that from us as a group of players. We know that this club and this organisation has brought in the very best at what they do.
“So we just need to make sure that we turn up every game day, put them three points on the board and moving on to the next one.”