Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Modric told: you’ll not be leaving Spurs

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy last night insisted it would “make no difference” if Chelsea upped their offer for midfielder Luka Modric.



Modric flew back to London last 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 said: “Everything was fine, we had a very good conversation and as I said previously Luka Modric will not be sold.

“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 last night'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 yesterday, 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.”

Modric spoke of Chelsea in glowing terms in an interview last month.

The mere suggestion that he would not be able to fulfil his ambitions at White Hart Lane has infuriated Spurs fans, but Levy is determined not to sell him.

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