Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Bond predicts Modric will stay

Luka Modric

Luka Modric will remain at Tottenham despite Harry Redknapp's claim the squad could benefit from his departure, Spurs assistant manager Kevin Bond insists.

Spurs have maintained a hard-line stance over Modric's future ever since the saga began, with chairman Daniel Levy keen to stress that the club will not sell any of their stars before the transfer window closes, but manager Harry Redknapp conceded on Wednesday that the proceeds of any transfer fee would help him develop a better team than he has now.

But Bond is confident that Levy will stick to his word and not offload the 25-year-old Croatian star, telling the BBC: "The chairman has made it quite clear that Luka will not be leaving the club and I don't see that changing at all."

He added: "He has said categorically that he will stay at the club and I think that's what will happen."

Chelsea have made unsuccessful bids of £22million and £27million for the player this summer and rumours persist that the Blues are not willing to concede defeat and will lodge a renewed bid of over £30million soon.

Redknapp has stressed that signing top-class players will be key to persuading the likes of Modric, Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart to reject any big-money offers from other clubs to stay at White Hart Lane.

After a quiet close season, Spurs' attempt to bring in new faces is gathering pace.

The north London club are in talks with Manchester City and Real Madrid over possible deals for Emmanuel Adebayor and Lassana Diarra, and both could be Spurs players by the start of next week.

Adebayor's arrival would give Spurs the powerful target man that Redknapp has been looking for since January and would also increase competition among a strikeforce that scored just 18 league goals between them last season.

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