Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Redknapp: Modric talks imminent

Luka Modric

Luka Modric will meet Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for talks on his future on Thursday, manager Harry Redknapp has revealed.

Redknapp insists that the meeting does not mean that Modric's time at White Hart Lane is coming to an end though, reiterating his belief the Croatian playmaker must stay at the club if they are to reach the top-four place that escaped them last season.

Modric has gone on record stating his desire to move to Chelsea, but Spurs rejected a £22million bid from the Blues last month and Levy has insisted that the 25-year-old is not for sale at any price. Redknapp said told and London Evening Standard: "I believe Daniel is meeting Luka tomorrow (Thursday)."

He added: "It's difficult when crazy sums of money are being bandied about but we need to keep Luka and all our best players if we are to improve.

"If we want to continue to challenge the top clubs in the Premier League then we simply have to get stronger - not weaker.

"Luka is a fantastic player and we need to keep him at the club. We certainly don't want to sell him."

Modric scored just four goals last season, but provided many assists and put in a series of tireless performances in the centre of the park that are said to have also alerted Manchester United to his potential.

Modric, who signed for £16.6million from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008, has five years left to run on his contract at Tottenham.

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