Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Dawson says Spurs chief is right over Modric bust-up

Michael Dawson has backed Daniel Levy's tough stance over the Luka Modric transfer saga and insists that the Tottenham players are not angry at the Croatian for declaring that he wants to join Chelsea.

Modric has reportedly stepped up his attempt to force through a move to Stamford Bridge by submitting a transfer request.

The Blues are determined to land the playmaker and could return with an improved bid of over £30million after seeing offers of £22million and £27million rejected.

Spurs are equally as determined to hang on to their man, however, and manager Harry Redknapp again insisted yesterday that the player would be staying at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham chairman Levy has always maintained a tough no-compromise stance over Modric despite a stinging personal attack from the player last week in which he described the 49-year-old as "arrogant" and accused him of "twisting the facts" about what happened in a showdown meeting between the pair recently.

Levy vowed at the end of last season that none of the club's best players would be sold this summer and captain Dawson has backed his chairman's decision to stick to that stance.

"This time of year there are always going to be rumours and Luka's been linked with Chelsea," said Dawson.

"From a team's point of view you want to keep your best players and the chairman has come out and said he is going to keep him so that is great for the football club. The chairman has come out and said no one is for sale so that's great."

Dawson and the rest of the Spurs squad, including Modric, landed in Johannesburg yesterday for the club's 10-day pre-season tour.

The England defender insists that the players have not fallen out with Modric despite his very public attempt to engineer a move to one of the Tottenham's biggest rivals.

"We are all friends with Luka, we have got great team spirit amongst the players and we want to keep that together," Dawson added.

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