No bad blood between Robert Kraft and Tom Brady — in fact, the Patriots owner tells TMZ Sports he can’t wait to welcome the QB back to New England!

"Excited to have him," Kraft told us Friday afternoon in Beverly Hills … "He’s a great guy and he did so much for us. I love him."

Of course, Tom will make his highly anticipated return to Boston during Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season — the first time he’ll play in Gillette Stadium as a visitor!

Tickets for the game are already in ultra-high demand — with some ticket brokers fetching 4-figures for seats in the nosebleed section!

We asked Kraft how he feels about the big matchup — and he told us, "We should have a fun night! But, I’m excited for Week 1 … and we play Miami."

There’s more!!!

We also asked Bob about the Pats QB situation — they recently selected Mac Jones in the 1st round of the NFL Draft after re-signing former NFL MVP Cam Newton.

So, who’ll end up with the starting gig?

"We’re excited to have [Mac Jones] but I’m excited to have Cam Newton, too," Kraft said … adding, "I pay Bill Belichick a lot of money. He can decide that."

He’s not wrong!