Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Levy determined to keep Modric

Luka Modric

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has insisted it would "make no difference" if Chelsea upped their offer for midfielder Luka Modric.

Modric flew back to London on Wednesday night for showdown talks with Levy after claiming a transfer to Stamford Bridge was still possible. But Levy is adamant that will not happen and that Modric understands the club's position on the matter.

Speaking after his meeting with Modric, Levy told Sky Sports News: "Everything was fine, we had a very good conversation and as I said previously Luka Modric will not be sold."

He added: "It's the end of it. As I said a few weeks ago there's no further discussion on it. He was on holiday, we've now had the conversation and he understands our position.

"I'm sure once he's back with his team-mates everything will be fine."

Asked what would happen if Chelsea increased their bid for the Croatia international, Levy added: "It would make no difference. This is not about money, we're not selling our best players."

Shortly after rejecting a £22million bid from Chelsea, Levy issued a statement insisting that the Spurs playmaker is not for sale at any price. And Wednesday's comments indicate that his stance has not softened at all during the three weeks that have passed, despite Modric's public assertion that he wants to leave for Stamford Bridge.

Earlier on Wednesday, Modric himself gave little away as he waited to board a plane from Zagreb to London.

He told a local television crew: "Today I have a flight to London and tomorrow I start training. I have an appointment to meet the chairman, but we will see."

But when asked about the possibility of joining Chelsea, Modric said: "Anything is possible."

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