Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Bond allays fears over Modric sale

Luka Modric

Assistant boss Kevin Bond has attempted to allay fears Tottenham may sell Luka Modric after admitting on Monday he feared the playmaker was set to leave White Hart Lane.

With Chelsea weighing up whether to make a third bid for the Croatia international, Bond admitted that "every player has his price". That comment is at odds with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who has previously insisted the 25-year-old is not for sale "at any price", and this evening Bond attempted to clarify his remarks.

"For the purpose of clarification and in case my comments this morning inadvertently misled anyone, the club's position on Luka Modric is quite clear - we have no intention of selling him," he said.

Earlier Bond had told talkSPORT: "You don't want to lose your best players and he certainly is one of our best players and we desperately don't want to lose him.

"But I think everybody has got a price. If somebody came along - although the chairman's adamant he doesn't want to sell him and that's great for us - and the money turns your head and he did go then we'd have to get on with it. But, at the moment, the chairman's insistent he won't let him go and we definitely don't want to lose him anyway."

Chelsea reportedly offered £22million and £27million for Modric in their previous bids.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp branded the Blues' opening gambit as "ridiculous" and also gave short shrift to the second.

Modric still has five years remaining on the long-term contract he signed last summer.

However, the Croatia star wants to leave, reportedly handing in a transfer request after accusing Levy of reneging on a gentleman's agreement to sell him this summer if a club like Chelsea made a bid.

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