Belfast Telegraph

Redknapp - Modric going nowhere

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is confident that Luka Modric will not push for a move to Chelsea next month and is adamant that the playmaker is not for sale at any price.

Modric was the focus of a summer-long battle between Tottenham and Chelsea, who made at least three offers for the player - the last one reported to be worth £40million. The Croatian publicly declaring he wanted to leave for the club's London rivals, but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy refused to budge, and the 26-year-old remained.

Redknapp is adamant that Modric has put the move out of his mind now, however, and said: "I don't expect Luka to want to go anywhere. I think the Chelsea deal is dead. He's happy here. I don't know where he's at with his contract talks with the chairman but I'm sure they'll get something done."

He added: "I don't see there being a problem with Luka. No matter what Chelsea offer, he isn't going. Not a chance."

Redknapp hopes Modric, who is in discussions with the club over a new deal, now realises that Spurs are a club who are destined for great things.

"This is a good club. This is a club building a new stadium, a new training ground. It's a club that's going places," Redknapp said.

"They're both good clubs. We've closed the gap, definitely, on Arsenal and Chelsea from where we were. We're now up there trying to finish above Arsenal for the second time in the Premier League.

"The potential is great, we sell out every week. We've got good players.

"I would love to see us perhaps make one big signing. That would really send out a message too."


From Belfast Telegraph