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Who Can Blame Modric For Wanting Out?

‘I don’t want to have an argument with Tottenham,’ said Modric. ‘The supporters have been very good to me and I have enjoyed my time playing for the club, but it is for football that players leave clubs and move. It has happened to Tottenham before. It is normal for a player to dream about […]

‘I don’t want to have an argument with Tottenham,’ said Modric. ‘The supporters have been very good to me and I have enjoyed my time playing for the club, but it is for football that players leave clubs and move. It has happened to Tottenham before. It is normal for a player to dream about playing for a bigger club.’ – Luka Modric supposedly talking to the Daily Bugle

Ouch. That hurts a lot. A bigger club? I won’t get into how you define a bigger club and quite frankly it’s not important, even if we do have a 35,000+ waiting list for season tickets and Chelsea are giving them away to members with 0 loyalty points. What really hurts is it looks like it’s about to happen to us again.

If these quotes are true and I assume as the journalist, Matt Lawton, has bothered using quotation marks that they are, then we may at some point this summer lose a player who above all others we had to keep. I know Levy has come out and said Modric is not for sale at any price, but things can change very quickly in football and money talks. We’ve seen it before.

But instead of being sickened at the possibility of him moving to Chelsea or spending the next few seasons booing when we see him we should really be asking who can blame him?

Let’s face it since getting into the top 4 Joe Lewis, Daniel Levy, Harry Redknapp and at least 50% of the fanbase have shown little or no ambition. Last summer was the time to spend and improve the team. Having Champions League football to offer was the carrot to dangle in front of the players that we needed. The management failed to realise we needed a striker until January by which time it was too late.

We spent the vast majority of last summer chasing Joe Cole, Scott Parker, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards. I’m a fan of Richards but none of those players are of the calibre we needed, nor in the positions that could’ve really improved us. Come January we spent most of the time discussing David Beckham and making last minute bids for Phil Neville. Yes, there was the final day £35m offers for any striker in Europe that might want to join us but that was a) too late and b) a pointless exercise to appease the fans in my opinion.

We’ve had our manager walking about with a grin on his face because he achieved 5th place, telling us (and therefore the players) that 5th was as good as it was going to get. A large amount of fans agree with him, stating the last season was one of the best on record.

“5th place, quarter final of the Champions League in our first season! It’s been great. I mean what more do you want?”

If you believe the above statement then you can’t have any problem with Modric or any other player wishing to leave. No team has a write to be at the top or even competing towards that end of the table but if you’re blinded so easily by a few great nights in Europe that you can’t see where this team should’ve finished then more fool you.

My fear was some of our better players would see this too. Clearly when Modric signed his contract extension last summer he would’ve been told the club was going places. He’s said as much in the past, stating he feels he can win and achieve everything he wants to with Spurs and we loved him for it. I don’t think he was lying either. It was only last summer Redknapp was telling us there’s no reason why we can’t compete for the title. No doubt he told Luka the same thing. I can imagine it now:

Right then little man. I think you’re a triffic little player. We want to build this team around you but to do so we need you to sign a new contract”

“Ok Mr Harry. We have had a very good season but do you think we can win something one day?”

“Luka, Luka, Luka. Let me tell you something. I know great players when I see them. I’ve been in this game for over 50 years, man and boy. Triffic. I’ve managed to build teams capable of escaping relegation on more than one occasion and have I shown you the DVD of when I lifted the FA Cup with Portsmouth?”

“Yes Mr Harry. You show us that every other Tuesday when you show up for training, but what I really want to know is if I commit my future to Tottenham Hotspur will we win something? I want to win the league and cups and compete in the Champions League every season. Do you think that’s possible?”

“I’ve got my eye on a 2-3 players Luka. That’s all we need to make that final push. The Chairman’s behind me and I honestly believe once they arrive there’s no reason why this team can’t compete for the title in the next couple of seasons. This time next year Luka, we’ll be millionaires.”

“Ok Mr Harry. That’s all I wanted to hear. I look forward to meeting these new players. Where do I sign?”

Unfortunately Modric would’ve been as upset about last summer and this January as fans like myself were. We showed no ambition at all. Forget what you might’ve heard about us making an offer for this player or that player. It’s completely meaningless unless we sign them. Luis Suarez was ready to come to Spurs, wanted to play in London and we decide he’s no better than Pav! I’m not saying he would’ve been the answer to our poor form in the final couple of months but surely he’s better than Pav?

The van der Vaart signing saved last summer’s window for a lot of us and probably for most of the players, especially players like Modric. It was all very last minute but at least it happened. Steven Pienaar on the other hand wouldn’t have had the same impact on the dressing room in January.

When you look at the cold hard facts, I’d want to leave Spurs for a club that shows ambition too. Before anyone says anything about the size of our football stadium and how we can’t compete with those clubs above us all I can say is stop listening to everything the club drip feeds you. Of course it’s a problem, especially when it comes to attracting players who the clubs above us also want because they can pay larger salaries but last summer we were a football club who had Premier League football, Champions League football, still very reasonable wages and a team obviously going somewhere to offer and yet we still didn’t go out and cement our position. That’s all Modric would’ve wanted. Ambition shown from the top to the bottom, from Lewis and Levy to you and me. When you take into account the signings we’ve made, the comments about finishing 5th and winning nothing being as good as it’ll get and can you really blame him for wanting to leave? I can’t.

It’s been a pleasure Luka, thank you and I wish you personal success. Maybe if we had more like you in charge, in the team and in the stands you really could achieve everything you wanted in N17. Until we do though, you’re not the first and you certainly won’t be the last to move to pastures new. After all it’s been happening for 20 years.


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  1. Emmanuel Ndedigwe

    June 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

    If luka wants to leave, let him leave because it is good for a player to be happy in a club he desires for than to spend the rest of the season booing in a club he doesn’t even know what he is doing there.

  2. matt

    June 19, 2011 at 9:43 am

    There is some truth to what you say and I am not one of those rabid, one-eyed, supporters who would scream Judas, or put Luka in the same category as Sol C***bell. I think his head has been turned by relentless tapping up from both Chelsea and Man Utd behind the scenes and via their media stooges. I absolutely agree that the time we really had to show ambition in the transfer market was LAST summer and we failed to do so. Harry’s “that’s as good as it gets” statement really rankled with me and showed the mentality of a self-satisfied, self-defensive, loser. Inspite of his considerable achievement in getting us into the CL and some of our exploits whilst there, I don’t believe he is the manager to take us to the next level. He is always too ready and willing to make excuses for non-achievement and failure. I personally hope and believe, that after “clear the air” talks, Luka will stay for one more season and give us one more shot at qualifying for the CL again. If we fail through lack of ambition and spending the money in the transfer window now, when it is really needed, then we will only have ourselves to blame, not Luka Modric.

  3. Horny Helen

    June 19, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Luka has NOT said he is unhappy at Spurs. It’s easy for Chelshite to show ambition with almost unlimted financial resources. Luka recently signed a 6 year contract and he should at least be made to honour it with respect to this season or what is the point of players signing contracts in the first place. We do not sell to our rivals. End of story, like Dannny says HE IS NOT FOR SALE, move on.

  4. Mark Munro

    June 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I truly think the editor lacks ambition. I am positive Levy will buy the 2 top players we need to seriously challange the current top 4 assuming we sell the excess players that we have. Did anyone think our srike power was that poor at the beginning of the last season. We will correct this and push on. Levy and Co. are very ambitious. Remember Chelsea bought Torres for 50M & he failed. Modric must help us with the push back to the top 4.

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  6. Sandy Shaw

    June 19, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Putting aside the fact that there is no such thing as loyalty in the game these days, it is logical that Modric and probably others would like to leave. Going public in the way he did is pretty classless as well. However the reality is that that while the club has ambitions to clamber back into the top 4, it is the fact that last season was the exception rather than the rule.
    It is inescapable that with their small stadium in one of London’s most run-down areas Spurs will struggle financially against their bigger rivals who can virtually guarantee Champions League and higher wages. Ambition is one thing, reality is another.

    • Mark Munro

      June 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

      Forgot to add that at least Levy is trying to get a bigger stadium and knows the importance of it.

  7. Brizzy

    June 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

    This is the difference between the club Modric declared to switch to. We can’t challenge for the title , if you have a player that is as good as Modric he will have massive ambitions, he would want to play in all competitions and win the not just be in them. This is where we(Spurs) lose out we can’t compete for it because we are NoT good enough. I don’t blame him I’d rather win titles not just be in top four, when I have the chance to win silverwear.

  8. JohnnyB

    June 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    “I know Levy has come out and said Modric is not for sale at any price, but things can change very quickly in football and money talks. We’ve seen it before.”

    There is more to losing Modric than just losing Modric or making money. If he goes…they all go. This isn’t just about one player…this is about Tottenham, everything we’ve achieved and everything we want to achieve and not being bitch-slapped by the top 4 year after year. We make a stand now or conceed our footballing future.

  9. Gary Sampson

    June 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Once a player declares his desire to play elsewhere you have to let him go. It makes no sense to keep a player against his will. Such a player only becomes a liability to his team. Everyone knows this. The best thing for Tottenham is to take the money and use it well. When a player goes public, like Modric has, its game over.

  10. Wiz

    June 20, 2011 at 9:35 am

    The issue is deeper than this. Last season apart from a late burst Chelsea were there for the taking as were Arsenal. To some extent Utd weren’t up to their usual best and with us closing down games and 3 instead of 1 point we’d be in the CL. So with the gap closing we’d be lunatics to sell Modric to any of the top 4 from last year. Why would you make your competition stronger?

    Just tell them all you can have Luka (who is under contract and therefore not for sale) for £50m plus Torres, Fabregas, Rooney or whoever. Would they any of the top 4 do that? Of course not.

    If Luka really does want to go then as said above there’s no point in keeping a player who doesn’t want to play but sell him for a big profit overseas not to the immediate competition.

    There’s no business in the world that would be stupid enough to give their trade secrets to their competitors. I see rubbish everywhere about money talks. The money is in the CL year after year. We need a team to get us there and keep us there. That’s the money that talks not some quick buck on the sale of our best players.what’s the point in cashing in on our best players.

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