New Real Madrid boss Juande Ramos has admitted he has always held Didier Zokora in high regard.
Ramos worked with Zokora at Tottenham before he was replaced by Harry Redknapp in late October.
The Spaniard took charge at the Bernabeu earlier this week and made the perfect start to his reign on Wednesday as Real beat Zenit St Petersburg 3-0 in the UEFA Champions League.
Real have now been linked with a move for Zokora in the January transfer window after Ramos spoke of his admiration for the Ivory Coast midfielder.
"From the very first day at Spurs I was interested in Zokora because he always understood the game plan and I liked his discipline," Ramos said in the Daily Star.
Zokora has made no secret of his desire to one day play in Spain but he insists he is happy at Tottenham and not looking for a transfer.
Spurs are still in the bottom half of the table after a poor start to the season and Zokora is focused on the task at hand, although he refuses to blame Ramos for the club's current predicament.
"I am in the biggest league in the world so it will be hard for me to find something better elsewhere," said Zokora.
"But I have never hidden my interest in playing in La Liga."
Zokora added: "We must not forget that we are not yet safe from relegation.
"But don't make me say that Ramos was to blame for our poor results at the start of the season.
"They were down to the players on the pitch, not him."