Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Redknapp determined to keep Modric

Harry Redknapp

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp described Chelsea's offer for Luka Modric as "farcical" as he reiterated his stance that the Croatia midfielder is not for sale.

Chelsea earlier this summer offered £22million for the playmaker, a bid that was swiftly rejected by Spurs.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Redknapp said: "I was surprised by the figure. It's a farcical bid. If they're going to make an offer, make an offer, but £22million for Luka Modric is ridiculous."

But Redknapp would not say what kind of bid might interest Spurs, also rejecting the notion that £30million would be enough and insisting the player was not for sale.

"We wouldn't put a valuation on him," he said. "He's such a fantastic player, we don't want to sell him. He's up there with the very, very best players in the Premier League and I think he can play in any team in the world, he's that good."

Speculation over Modric's future has come to the fore this summer after Spurs missed out on Champions League football, and Redknapp admitted it would be a challenge to compete financially with the Premier League's top clubs.

"That is the problem," he said. "It's not only Chelsea who would want him, two or three other clubs would be bidding if we made him available.

"But we don't want to lose him. We need to keep our best players, we need to improve our squad, not decimate it by selling our best players.

"There's no reason we can't show the ambition ourselves. I'm not saying we can pay the wages of Manchester City or Chelsea, but we've got a great group of players and if we can add a few more anything could happen."