The arrival in February of Beckham gave Tottenham a palpable shot of adrenalin, even if he was restricted to a training role, and the manager does not rule out chances of a return once the 36 year-old is out of contract at Los Angeles Galaxy next month.
He told the Telegraph: "I was so impressed with David as a person, as a player. He was fantastic to have around the club, a class act. For any young player looking at him, he's a great role model. There was no attitude to him, no 'side'.
"The problem I'd have is that David would want to play regularly, and I couldn't guarantee him that at this stage. It's difficult: I have Aaron Lennon coming back, Rafael van der Vaart playing off the right. I have lots of options. I could play Gareth Bale on one side and Luka Modric on the other. Sandro is also looking like he could end up a top player. Then there's Scott Parker. So to bring David in and not play him would be a problem."