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Posted by Colin McCullough on 08/08/2012

"I would not be sure Luka would start the season at Tottenham. The club would be happy to sell if they get the right money. The chairman said to him last year 'Give us one more season and if Real come in, I won't stand in your way'."

If Harry Redknapp is reappearing like the Ghost of Christmas Past to shed some light on how the Luka Modric saga has reached its current impasse, then that would cast Daniel Levy in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. The Spurs chairman is, of course, renowned for his unflinching commitment to securing the best possible terms for the club in the transfer market. In recent weeks, however, Modric has been trying to be just as firm in his resolve to leave White Hart Lane.

Unfortunately that resolution has taken the form of behavior that has resulted in disciplinary action by the club. It's not easy to unpick the rights and wrongs of the situation. Although he's now being subjected to all sorts of criticism and name-calling, Modric makes a somewhat unlikely prima donna. Almost exactly a year ago, when the prospective suitors were Chelsea rather than Real Madrid, Redknapp was quick to praise the Croatian's attitude:

"He's the last lad in the world that would ever cause a problem. He hasn't got it in him to be nasty, he's a nice lad. I’ve come across players who would want to go who would be a real problem, but that's not his nature. He is not a trouble-maker in any way shape or form."

That was then, this is now, and frankly at the present moment it's difficult to picture Modric once again lining up in the Spurs midfield. Andre Villas-Boas has expressed the view that if the club's asking price is not met by the Spanish giants, he fully expects Modric to take his place in the team. Circumstances, of course, mean that he can say nothing else.

Clearly a sale would suit all parties at this point and presumably there is a comfort zone somewhere between the £40 million being asked for and the £30 million being offered. As is almost always the case in this sort of stalemate, other deals are effectively put on hold pending its outcome. Spurs reportedly remain interested in signing Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, with the player's father (and agent) suggesting that a deal will be done once the money for Modric has been banked. The situation with Emmanuel Adebayor also remains up in the air, although the issue in this case may be more to do with wages than a transfer fee.

What is certain is that in a little over a week from now, Spurs will travel to Newcastle for the season opener. Whether or not Luka Modric will be there to see it - or to take part in it - is a whole other question.



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Comments

Posted by SP on 08/08/2012

It is acatually very easy to pick the rights and wrongs of this:
Modric signed a six year contract, and said when he signed it said it was because he believed he could fulfill his footballing ambitions at WHL.
Less than a year later, at the start of the summer transfer window, he said he was happy where he was and hoping to see the ambition of THFC.
Less than a month later, he gave an interview with a well-known British newspaper, claiming that he wanted to sign for Cheslea and only Chelsea, before Chelsea had even put a bid in for him - a move that can only be seen as designed to weaken Spurs' bargaining position, even though he still had five years remaining on his contract.
He sulked and postured, and claimed he had only signed the contract to ensure Spurs would get a good transfer fee - while agitating to try to ensure a low-ball offer would be enough, to the benefit of his prospective future employers.
He has done exactly the same this summer - it is unethical.

Posted by Ashley on 08/08/2012

I know that Levy will be cursing himself for not accepting the #40m Chelsea offered last season for Modric. He is greedy and wants to make all the money in one scoop. He thought that by now Modric will be valued at #50m, but he should realize that Modric is not worth that much.

Posted by Tony on 08/08/2012

SP is 100% correct. This approach was started off a few years ago by Ferguson, when he realized Utd were slipping down the transfer pecking order, under the Glazers. Ferguson came up with an approach, that others have now copied. Basically you unsettle a player at a rival club, both privately and publicly. You then proceed to underbid for him consistently, and park your tanks on the other clubs lawn for the whole summer. You place ludicrous stories with your Fleet Street mates (eg the Custis brothers on the Sun). Stories that undervalue the player,inferring the selling club have accepted the situation,the player wants to leave etc. You mount a concerted campaign to undermine the other club. You get the player to start acting up, to reduce his value. I always liken it to entering Harrods, seeing some items on the shelf that you can't afford, throwing them on the floor to scuff them up, and taking it to the checkout and saying you want the item for half price, because it's shop soiled.

Posted by tom on 08/09/2012

players have a right to change their mind. English youth players get signed for big clubs in England instantly because they have local bargaining power, but Modric doesn't have the same luxury. He's had to work for his hype and demand, and he's earned it. Contracts are rarely ever played out until the end, they're simple used as a financial security. Levy is the one who is going back on his word and being a troll in the negotiations, thereby ensuring Modric has to rot at a team he doesn't want to play for.

Here is the basic: HE DOESN'T WANT TO PLAY FOR SPURS ANYMORE. You can't force him to. You can claim your contracts and legal pursuit all you want, all he needs to do to get paid is attend training. He'l do that and nothing else if he wants. You can't change his mind, he refuses to stay at Tottenham and that is only Tottenhams fault for having a poor culture and cheap wage system. Sell him now and cut your losses and get on with life with other players.

Have you ever changed jobs?

Posted by niko on 08/09/2012

Tom, I agree. Same sentiments here.

Posted by Clearly Smarter Than You on 08/09/2012

Some of u lot r not playing with a full deck. Levy broke the contract. Modric had a verbal agreement (this is a contract). As he had with CZ b4 transferring to Spurs (a deal that runs out in 2015). So dont talk BS abt his contract. Confirmation of his verbal contract - he had one at CZ, he declared he had one when Chelsea came knocking, DL didnt deny this, In fact, you could argue with some justification that he confirmed it through AVB declaring Modric is free to go. Why would u sell your best player when u do not have to do so? Paying the bargain price of 40k per week for Modric with 4 more yrs and u r selling? You do not sell unless you have to do so. That would be that verbal agreement which Levy broke. Modric needs an agent with half a brain to represent him. He is not only entitled to a free transfer but also damages including his loss of wages for last season from Chelsea.

Posted by Dialogos on 08/09/2012

Clearly smarter than you, your pompous name says it all. ANYONE who would use an ignorant name like that HAS TO BE A FOOL!

Your little diatribe about Levy and Modric having a verbal contract is a laugher. You act like RM have no obligation to meet Spurs asking price.
I guess there must be an IQ requirement to understand this. Sorry!

Posted by Tony on 08/09/2012

Message to "Clearly Thicker than you"- would you like to visit the planet Earth

Posted by ROSE on 08/10/2012

I THINK TOTTENHAM ARE MAKING A MISTAKE BY HANGING ON 2 A PLAYER WHO WANTS 2 LEAVE AT EVERY TRANSFER WINDOW..THEY SHOULD CASH IN ON HIM NOW WHEN HE STILL HAS SUITORS BCOS WAT IS THE GUARANTEE THEY WILL BE THERE BY NEXT SEASON WHEN HE TURNS 27YRS OF AGE & HAVE 3 YRS LEFT ON HIS CONTRACT?.HE SHLD HAVE BEEN CASHED ON LAST SEASON WHEN CHELSEA CAME 4 HIM.SPURS WOULD HAVE HAD A COOL 40 MILLION 4 A PLAYER WHOM I THINK DOESN'T DESERVE SUCH PRIZE.
THEY CAN DO THE SAME NOW BY SELLING HIM 2 MADRID..BCOS COME NEXT SEASON,I DON'T SEE MADRID VALUE GOING ANY HIGHER RATHER HE MIGHT DIMINISH BY 2013 SEASON.TOTTENHAM SHOULD LET HIM GO & BRING SOMEBODY YOUNG & GIFTED 2 REPLACE HIM.IF POSSIBLE GET 2 PLAYERS 2 FIT INTO THAT POSITION SO THEY WON'T FIND THEMSELVES IN THIS SAME PREDICAMENT SUCH AS THIS.
FINALLY,SPURS OR SHOULD I SAY VILLAS-BOAS IS MAKING A GREAT MISTAKE IN NOT ACCEPTING THE DEAL THAT ALLOWS SAHIN 2 BE PART OF THE DEAL THAT TAKES MODRIC 2 MADRID.THE GUY IS TALENTED & CAN PASS THE BALL WELL

Posted by rose on 08/10/2012

let modric go..Daniel Levy....u blocked him last yr 4rm going 2 chelsea...now it's madrid..when he diminishes next year...u will look 4 buyer & not find one..cos no club will want 2 sign him when he doesn't have a resale value as incentive..
Daniel or villas-boas is making a mistake in not taking sahin as part of the deal..that can can pass & he has got good skill & very comfortable on the ball hence ARSENAL pursuing him 4 a loan move...
he can pass more than even modric 4rm his games have seen..just bad luck with injuries & mourinho's impatient attitude with players he doesn't like though signed by him,is making pple not 2 see the qualities in this player...
IF barca had signed him instead of madrid,they would not let him go..cos it will mean they have replacement two replacemet 4 XAVI(fabregas & sahin)..it would have been excellent & very good piece of business..
SPURS THE GUY IS 23 YRS OLD...MODRIC IS 26 YRS..NEXT YR SAHIN 24YRS,MODIRC 27..SAHIN WILL HAVE A HUGE RE-SALE VALUE...

Posted by Kelvin on 08/11/2012

I am sick and tired of this modicum saga this season again, he is a great talented guy, however the longer this thing drag it will dampen AVB to rebuilt spur team. I would agreed to most of you that the best choice is to sell him. And Sahin can be a replacement for him if RM use him a package deal would be a real deal. So Levy please sell the want away guy off.

Posted by Kevin on 08/14/2012

Ok this stupid transfer has dragged on for months and has got to stop now! Its just really silly now not to sell him. Holding on to your guns for 40mil is a great idea, but not when you know you won't get anything close to it, and certainly not when you know its gonna hold up your future transfers. While i would love to see harry kane get a chance upfront, does any spurs fan like to see the club start without only one specialist striker (defoe) who: 1) always strays offside, 2) isn't tall enuff to play alone upfront, 3) misses a hatful of easy chances before scoring one spectacular goal (usually when its too late).

And those who keep talking about sahin, the lad already said he doesn't wanna come here, so why sell one sulking player and get another in? I think alot of spurs fans have now reached the stage where we don't care how it ends anymore we just want him gone and replaced with another good quality playmaker: moutinho, dzagoev, or whichever player is twittering about us now.

Posted by Andrew Vadas on 08/14/2012

There are not many things in football that are a given, however this weeks game at Newcastle is exactly that; a certainty, we will get humped. Why? Because Spurs seem to have a knack of creating these situations every season, which serve to undermine the manager and the team. Previously, it was Berbatov, last season it was Modric. This season, we still don't know what is happening with Modric or Adebayor.Get a grip, Spurs. Play those guys who want to play; the rest, sell them and get on with it.

Posted by Martin Harvey on 08/18/2012

What on earth is AVB doing to Harry's Tottenham? If he wants to "mark his own stamp" then sign some decent players ffs! If he wants to play "the Harry way" then why on earth start VDV on the bench and dismiss modric en? Absurd sitting VDV and Vertonghen on the bench! Dos Santos and Livermore staring, and Defoe up front alone, (which even Harry knows is pointless), is just going backwards. As soon as VDV comes on we looked a different proposition. Gallas at the back seriously AVB you would have been given a chance by around 50% of Spurs fans but after this you've lost 1/2 of those already! Sort your lack of personality out as Harry would have maintained a relationship with Modric and then played: VDV, VErt in CB, Modric in the holding role until RMD paid for him & we would have won last night! AVB like Gallas/DOS Santos can move on b4 xmass. The worst transfer in spurs history will forever prove to be AVB in for the Harry. I hope the quality we have doesnt allow him to keep his job!

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