Levy Needs To Take Blame If Modric Does Leave – But The Saga Needs Sorted NOW

By on July 15, 2011

The most serious piece of business that Tottenham will do this season is regarding the future of one of their own, Luka Modric. This saga, which has already gone on for several weeks, seems as if it will go all the way to September 1st. However, at their present course it seems as though he will be going eventually to Chelsea. There have been rumours that he has formally ask for a transfer. If he has Daniel Levy will be first on the list to blame, if current reports are true.

Harry Redknapp in recent interviews has been a lot more understanding than the Chairman. As he rightly says it is hard in any job when someone else are offering potentially triple your current wages. Clubs are just as disloyal as players, if someone is surplus to requirements then the club will sell them.

There is no doubt that the first bid of £22 million and the current bid of £27 million are nowhere near enough, in the current climate, for Modric. If Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing are worth £20 million then Modric is worth £40 million at least.

Modric claims that Levy has broken an agreement, whereas Spurs have denied this, one thing is for sure though, he is unsettled, and this will not go away in a hurry. Modric does not seem the type of player who will sulk if he does not get his wish and for how good he has been for Spurs, he deserves a more flexible approach to his future than he is getting.

He needs Levy and Redknapp to sit down with him properly and come to an appropriate agreement over what he wants and what they want. Chelsea are a bigger club than Tottenham but it is true that Spurs do have a potentially bright future.

Modric and Spurs need to come to an agreement over the sort of fee that would be acceptable for him to be able to discuss terms, and only then will he get his move. Tottenham also need to be aware that if they do not perform well this season then Modric will go next year; and for less money.

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  1. Jesse Nicol

    July 15, 2011 at 10:09 am

    1) Chelsea are not a bigger club than Spurs. they just have a rich owner, who has no idea how to run a football club within the constraints of responsiblity.
    2) The player will not, and cannot be sold to a club we have the on field ability to compete with.
    3) who on earth do you think you are to dictate to Levy?
    4) This is all irrelevant, as the player is not for sale at any price!!!

    Capisce???

    • pepe

      July 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

      Chelsea should go for Nani and Di Maria

  2. john

    July 15, 2011 at 10:11 am

    So basically you want Levy to land himself in it, ridiculous he has sorted it . Luka may not be happy but Levy has done his role as a chairman. Its not about performance anymore or money, we are not a selling club and we are not going to be bullied by player power. I apologize for my aggressive view but this is a silly article write about who spurs may sign ffs.

    • john

      July 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

      This article has angered me so much that i am going to offer another point that this “journalist” should consider writing about.

      Tottenham and Arsenal are the subject of so called “bigger clubs” pikeing there best players. As a spurs fan i have a respect for Arsenal as many of my gooner mates have for us spuds. We bring up our own players. Cheatski dont , Im fed up of seeing this same point completely neglected. Yeah Cheatski have the money but i dont really want to see Swansea vs The Best in World next season. They should be constrained with there cash and learn to bring there own youths through.
      Same applies to City but i have more respect for City due to the real shit there club has been through in the past

      This article lacks any creative points and reports nothing.

  3. DVC

    July 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

    This is rubbish. How can you blame Levy. Modric signed a new contract a year ago quite happily. Now he wants to break the contract. Perhaps we should only pay him £100 per week, this is no different than his actions both contravene the contract. He will be at Spurs this season.

    • jim

      July 15, 2011 at 10:34 am

      spot on, pathetic article.

  4. bog

    July 15, 2011 at 10:12 am

    By your standards Man City are now the biggest club in the world?

  5. KennyM

    July 15, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Chelsea a bigger team than Tottenham?….who wrote this a seven year old! God knows what criteria he based that on!…plonkers!

  6. SurreySpurs

    July 15, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Who is this fool !
    This piece is not worthy of a response.
    Damn I just have.

  7. jamie

    July 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

    levy is to blame why?

  8. davspurs

    July 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

    The one thing these sites allow is anyone print any words even if the truth is being twisted. Firstly Chelsea are a richer club ot a bigger club and are owned by a man who if the truth be known fled to England he to avoid jail and in my eyes is no different than Shinawatera. Lets look at last season we just failed to get fourth place in the last four games Blackpool West Brom Chelsea City two desperate to avoid the drop and two to stay in the champs league one with a failed drug cheats. I no 100 percent Energey drugs where being used to stop Spurs atack from scoring and this was behind all the shock results . The one thing in commen with all thes results was the defending and tempo was very high and i now because i reported a team three seasons ago for using ephedrine so if i was Modric i would stay but because the real Chelsea was the one struggling and when they thought there top four was in danger. They then upped there tempo like a good few others Kolo was the tip of a big scandal.

  9. George

    July 15, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I would say the blame lies with Chelsea, first off they leak his potential wage to the press, they put in two derisory bids knowing they would be rejected, further unsettling the player. Also what do you expect a chairman to do, if I went to my chairman dictating that my contract should be ripped up he would tell me to F**k off, its called the real world. And Chelsea a bigger club, advertising season tickets sales to potential customers with 0 loyalty points, hmm smacks of a big club doesn’t it.

  10. I disagre with u, Jesse Nicol, if u were in Modric’s shoes u would do the same. U should have suported the writer and not to oppose him bcos he’s right.

    • Morgan

      July 15, 2011 at 10:43 am

      I wouldnt swap clubs for the money. He is earning plenty and he should not have signed the contract he did. He has a massive lack of ambition. He is happy moving to a club where a medal is 95% likely to be purchased, rather than take part in a team building and earning one. He is nothing but a money grabbing little shit with no ambition and Levy is right in his stance. The writer of this artical is talking rubbish

    • Next bus to woolwich!!

      July 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      What and the majority of posts disagree with yours,so by your argument you are wrong!!! Modric signed a contract with Spurs a long term one,we have no obligation to sell him just because A russian oligarch and his henchmen have put presure on our football club..If he wants to go then by all means,Spurs are in the driving seat here,sell him for 40 million and Drogba then everyone’s happy.

  11. Vic

    July 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

    A lazy and distorted article.
    Levy to blame?
    A more flexible approach to Modric’s future?
    Twaddle!
    As far as I know, nobody held a gun to Modric’s head when he signed a six year deal less than 12 months ago. If he was so concerned with the club having a ‘flexible’ approach to his furture perhaps he should have negotiated a buy out clause which is fairly common nowadays.
    I don’t buy this mythical ‘gentleman’s agreement’ I can’t see an agent or Levy agreeing to a spurious airy fairy non-definable agreement when the contract could have included it quite easily.
    So what, exactly, are we blaming Levy for? Merely for adhering to a signed contract and not caving in to the demands of a player under contract. All the acrimonious quotes regarding this affair have come from Modrich’s camp with a brief concise statement from Levy.
    Modric has asked not for a transfer he has requested a move to one club namely Chelsea. This is not how the system works nor should it. Modric is 100% in the wrong and should get on and do what he’s paid a fortune to do.

  12. Big Mal

    July 15, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Levy to blame? Are you for real. The player has been tapped up and offered ridiculous money to join Rich Mans Plaything FC and has told the club he wants to leave. Levy has said no. However, if Modric leaves it’s Levy’s fault. Priceless.

  13. Esco

    July 15, 2011 at 10:43 am

    How can u compare chelsea and thfc….is it in terms of achievements,honours,trophies,records,players,coach,management….talk of anything,chelsea is a bigger club than thfc…u are only saying this cos u are jealous of another club’s success..up blues…blue is always the colour

    • Morgan

      July 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

      We have more tradition,better support, more cups in total than you lot. You have had a few yrs of success, which you have bought. This will not last by the way. Then you ‘blues fans’ can crawl back into the woodwork that the russian money dragged you out of

      • Morgan

        July 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

        On top of that, I grew up around London and knew no Chelsea fans. Now they are around but not via family tradition but because they only follow the team which is doing well in the short term. Cant wait for you to fall to your knees like Leeds and Blackburn

    • Big Mal

      July 15, 2011 at 10:52 am

      This argument gets so boring. On major trophies, Tottenham are still ahead. Although fan base cannot be proved, all indications are that Tottenham are still miles ahead. Whatever Chelsea achieve in the game will be down to one man – Roman Abramovich. Why do you think at every game, the camera spends longer on him than anyone else. If a Chelsea ‘fan’ (never met one who has ‘supported’ them for more than 10 years) admitted that their success is down to Abramovich or celebrated this fact I would applaud them. But no, they seem to think it’s because they are a ‘big’ club rather than a rich man’s plaything. (Proved conclusively when they bought a useless busted flush for £50,000,000.) I actually heard a Chelsea ‘fan’ complaining about what Man City are doing. Brilliant!

      • George

        July 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

        I moved out of London to a small town in the East Midlands about 8yrs ago, the town has no real large team near them, so they follow the ‘big premier teams’. The shirts I see around here are Arsenal, Man U, Liverpool and a hell of a lot of Spurs, hardly any Chelsea and i’ve never seen a Man C shirt. Chelsea, big club my arse.

        • devonshirespur

          July 15, 2011 at 11:11 am

          One team has a 25000 season ticket waiting list.

          The other cannot fill their stadium on Champions League nights!

          Which is Spurs and which is Chelsea?

          • Fan of a big club

            July 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm

            One team has a 25000 season ticket waiting list… the other wins trophies and competes in the champions league every year.

            I guess a waiting list is a bigger achievement though. Then again, I guess ‘waiting’ is a word often used by spurs fans. You will be ‘waiting’ a long time to see your team play in the champions league again. Modric will go to chelsea (unfortunately), VDV will say ‘thanks for reigniting my career, time to go find a decent club’ and spurs will go back to where they should be, mid table.

            I know its not really anything to do with me as a man utd fan but I just find the bitterness irritating.

            The reality is, neither spurs or chelski are big clubs but lets not forget, chelski did still qualify for the champions league in a year where they were close to bankruptcy, before that russian pleb took over. Remeber, this is the same Russian that almost took over at spurs. They have also won the league double the amount of times spurs have.

            • Big Mal

              July 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm

              And tell us all what pathetic reason you invented for ‘supporting’ Manchester United. Bet you haven’t got the balls to say ‘i know I live in Surrey, but I have always supported them’ blah blah blah

              • Fan of a big club

                July 15, 2011 at 12:42 pm

                Yes, I am scared of people on the internet so I must lie about the team I support! Really, grow up.

            • George

              July 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm

              You are right on one thing…it really isn’t anything to do with you, and if big clubs were measured on their level of debt, yours would be right at the top, never forget that.

            • Next bus to woolwich!!

              July 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm

              what has to be irritating is a fan of Man ure comments on issues that has nothing to do with you..You support who you do purely because they are succesful why else would you do it,as you have no allegiance to salford whatsoever..you lot never do,otherwise you’d support your local club,no you’re just a hanger on just like the vast majority of man ure fans..which is why the majority of the country enjoyed you getting the runaround from Barca yet again..They really are a big club aren’t they??

            • St albans Yid

              July 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

              Let’s be honest here we all think that Modric will go,the question is how much for..Levy thank goodness is a master negotiator,he’s proven it in the past with transfers.Modric has been tapped up and promised untold riches why else would he make such a monumental u turn on all his previous quotes just a few months ago.For all we know maybe Levy has been threatened by Abramovich,maybe Modric has either way Abramovich would not have accrued such a massive fortune by being a nice guy that’s for sure.The question is do we have the bottle(the board) to ignore Abramovich’s leanings??

  14. John White

    July 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

    The article is based on a nonsensical premise. If the saga neds to be sorted NOW!, then one of a number of things must happen:
    Modric comes out and says I’m happy to stay – unlikely.
    Levy comes out and says I’ve changed my mind, Modric can go – unlikely.
    Levy says Abramovich has threatened to murder my family, so Modric can go – who knows.
    The most likely thing to happen is nothing, except the occasional press attempt to resuscitate this dead story, assisted by bloggers with soiled underwear, who can’t wait until the 1st September.

  15. dixta

    July 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

    rubbish article

  16. devonshirespur

    July 15, 2011 at 11:08 am

    1.. Levy has sat down with Modric. Modric reaffirmed his desire to leave.

    2. Levy has made it clear he will not be sold, hence Modric throwing his toys out the pramm.

    3. There is no point offering Modric more money at this stage. He is on a long contract and is showing signs of dissent. You do not reward people for dissent, you reward them for loyalty. If he buckles down and performs to his best maybe come November we offer him a top dollar contract.

    4. Chelsea are a johnny come lately team who won the lottery. Nothing to do with their history, traditions or fans base, simply that some billionaire wanted a premier league play-thing took a shine to them. They are run by a guy who promised financial viability but still continues to subsidies their excessive and lavish spenidng. £175m on wages a season! WHAT A JOKE. If you took £25m off for youth & other staff/Directors, thats £150 between a squad of 30 (at least five of which will be u21) Thats an average of about £115k a week…to every player in teh first team squad. to me they are a laughing stock and the longer they go without the CL and Roman gets more and more frustrated that for once he is not able to buy whatever he wants, the better!

  17. Razspur

    July 15, 2011 at 11:28 am

    “My Dads car is bigger than yours”, “Our house is bigger than yours”…..give it a break, size doesn`t matter, ask my wife. What really matters is Our Club and it`s future, on the 1st of Feb we were in a position of power in the EPL and taking Europe by storm, that proves we can scale such heights, we were rated the 11th best team in europe a grade we had never attained before. Due to our lacklustre end of season we now sit 18th. See UEFA Club Rankings 2011 and revel at Man City in 42nd place and they are referred to as a big club. Daniel Levy has done more than anyone since Bill Nicholson to move this club forward and i believe the future of Tottenham Hotspur is in safe hands under his Chairmanship.

  18. Feenix

    July 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

    This is what Modric had to say in May THIS YEAR: “Tottenham Hotspur gave me my chance in the Premier League and I want to go on to achieve great success here with them.
    “Yes, there have been enquiries from other big clubs, but I have no interest in going anywhere”. I wonder what happened to change his mind since then. Could it be he was got at by the Chavs?, why not they have done it several times before.
    We have to address this problem and urge the FA to not only up the penalties for illegal approaches and I don;t just mean fining them because that really does not work with billionaires so I would penalize them by docking points before the season starts. If we don’t do this then we are giving the richest clubs even more power and will end up creating just a yearly three horse race and taking the real competition out of football with hardly any chance of success for 17 other teams. What good is the FA? the answer is in the initials.

    • essexian76

      July 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

      We all know he’s been got at, my hope is that Levy takes them to the cleaners. Don’t forget we got around 10 million for Arnesen and Chelsea have already been warned recently about illegal approaches, if you recall over that young French lad.

  19. essexian76

    July 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

    The headline expresses more about you than it does about Levy or football. In essence you are saying that if in Levy’s shoes you would cave in to every demand, every player and his agents demand. You’d sell them for the highest price ANOTHER club stipulates, irrespective of contract, cost to the team, the club’s future and team spirit? Oh, really and you’d be in a job how long exactly?, what a tool!

  20. flipper

    July 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Article Writer Needs To Learn English – Reading This Trash Is A Terrible Saga

  21. Ikem Ojekwe. Lagos

    July 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Tradition, loyalty or fan base, the fact is that LUKA is nolonger happy at Spurs. I will blame Levy for not managing the situation as he should have. Harry has been long in the game and he knows wat it means to keep an unhappy player… Levy wil learn a huge lesson on how to adres his players after Luka’s exit…. Who knows next? Van-dar vaart.

    • Morgan

      July 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm

      So you would cave in each time a player cries? Thank god your not a director of Spurs! No back bone! let Modric rot!

    • Spurs_est1882

      July 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      You would reward a team that makes an illegal and laughable approach for a player by selling them at a low low price? I think the ONLY option for Levy is chooses to sell is anywhere but Chelski. In terms of him to blame, I would rather our chairman digs his heels in to keep players, it shows ambition.

    • essexian76

      July 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Well surely you’ve just contradicted your own statement. The whole point of Levy’s stance is simply you cannot sign a contract and walk away from it a few months later because someone else decides they want you. It’s little like Katie price and her marriage vows, only this is serious!

  22. Samuel frank

    July 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Let everybody continue to say whatever they like and what we know is that we did not force modric to hand in a transfer request he did that with his desire to play champions league and challenge for trophies this coming season. My advice for levy and rednapp is to let unsettle playmaker to go to his desirable club rather than have their self to blame at the end. Let him go now for the right price than to sell him at lesser price if he don’t perform upto expectation by January transfer window.

    • George

      July 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm

      Well its a good job its not up to you then. Its for the good of the game, not just Spurs if Levy digs his heels in.

  23. Morgan

    July 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I’m shocked at how many spineless people are out there. Who would just cave in when a player throws his toys out of the pram. Contracts are there for a reason. Someone needs to set their stall out and stick to it, this will help clean things up across the board. On top of that, if a player does want to go. Id charge the new club the huge transfer fee and make the player pay millions to buy himself out of the contract. In Modrics case. £35m from Chelsea and £20m from Modric. See if he wants to move then

  24. Timlos

    July 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    All these noise about tapping-up, one would have thought you guys bought Modric when he was out of contract from his previous club. Stop all these self righteous nonsense. Instead of you to seat down and negotiate to match the terms the guy is being offered you are busy threatening, I hope you remember your Gallas threatening to score an own goal at a club sometime back. It is simply business. Get with the program or which one of you guys will not jump at another employment with better pay and perks of office, i.e, CL?

    • Morgan

      July 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      You come across as an idiot from the start of your comment. 1)Tapping up is not about the player being in or out of contract. We approached the club then the player. Chelsea approached Spurs then when we said no, they told the press, so to upset the player. 2)Sit not seat 3)We have negotiated a contract with him. A six yr one, of which he has 5yrs to run. Why offer another one. Whats the point in contracts if we do that. He was happy a few weeks ago! 4)A player threatening to score an own goal because he isnt getting what he wants. Or a player going on strike because they arent allowed to back out of an agreement isnt “just business”. 5)Ive turned down many jobs to stay at the one Ive been at. So as for getting with the program, you need to wake up mate, you havent a clue and nothing you have said makes sense!

      • essexian76

        July 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm

        Are you a complete idiot or just trying to annoy people for the hell of it?. Modric said not day after the season’s end that he was looking forward to next (this season) and try to regain a slot in the CL, loves the club, glad he signed again etc, etc. Goes home, Abramovic follows,mangerless CFC bid?????, and Spurs tell them NO SALE,NIET, NEIN! then a spurious ‘gentleman’s agreement is hastily added, a meaningless, pointless and above all underhand tactic together with a an insulting but hostile 22m bid. For FFS how much of a twat are you to think for a moment that this is how business should be conducted?

  25. David

    July 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Oh such a reasonable article!! Obviously a new attempt at a rational position by Chesea fans “He needs Levy and Modric to sit down etc.”. But the damage you have done stops this transfer ever taking place now. If only Chelsea had discretely made a reasonable bid, and if only Chelsea fans had not exhibited their idiocy Modric could well have been at Stamford Bridge. Now he is much more likely to join Man U or go abroad as a result.

    • Gerrybluu

      July 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      At least u ‘r sincere he might be sent 2 man u since Spur is man u feeder club

  26. Alan

    July 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Why on earth would Levy be to blame? Modric came to Spurs before they were in the Champions League, he signed a very long contract only last year, and Levy has given him the platform at Spurs to show off his talents in the Prem. To my way of thinking the only people to blame here are Modric and his agent, who seem to think that player contracts are not worth the paper they’re written on – and they’re probably right, but at least it become Spurs decision if Luka goes, and only for a price that justifies the players ability and compensation for reminating that length of contract.

  27. Kennedy

    July 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Y r spurs fans cryin blood 4 MODRIC? Who they termed average, the writer of this article must be havin a laugh by all these their bitter responses- hey guys WHEN ABRAMOVIC LIKES UR ASS, NOTHIN NOT EVEN UR underwear can keep him away so u lot can shout, cry bleed, faint nd cum 4 as long as u lik bt i see MOD-RICH richer in STAMFORD BRIDGE HAHAHA

    • islington spur

      July 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      kennedy,an educated fella aren’t you?? what ghetto did you crawl out of?

    • George

      July 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Innit street gangster mon. Twat.

    • SurreySpurs

      July 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      No wonder this country is going down the pan with idiots like you as a resident.

  28. David

    July 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Kennedy’s response is quite literate for a Chelsea fan and should be circultaed widely to show what the club is really is not really as bad as everyone thinks it is.

  29. Gerrybluu

    July 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Levy &Harry should know u’r lacking top club mentality.When Rooney wanted2 leave top club he was given top money no crying no arrogancy so was Terry &Lamp.Agree Spurs have history,and history u ll remain(like Nottinghan Forest)at least Chelsea have future

    • islington spur

      July 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      What is it with the little herberts who profess their love for the chavs? why is is it that all your posts,lack coherence,grammar and most of all fact too?? Get you coments checked so they can be understood by non hoody,street chavs!! Can you do that?

  30. Gary

    July 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Come on Levy; stick to your agreement; let Modric go!!

    • essexian76

      July 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      Come on Gary, grow a spine, then a pair of legs and F**K off

    • George

      July 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Come on Modric, stick to your SIGNED agreement, stay!!

      See how easy that was Gary, I think Levy’s signed contract trumps Modric’s made up gentleman’s agreement.

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