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Redknapp Tells Levy Exactly How Spurs Can Keep Modric

Harry Redknapp wants Chairman Daniel Levy to offer want-away midfielder Luka Modric a new contract and sign some players in a bid to keep him at White Hart Lane this season.

The Croatian international is thought to be on around £50,000 a week with Chelsea offering the 25-year old a chance to treble his wages. Chelsea are still mulling over a potential third bid for Modric which is reported to be around £30million and Redknapp said:

“The chairman has to sit down and have a chat with him,” said the Spurs boss.

“They probably fell out a little bit over that first meeting.

“If they can have a meeting and resolve the whole situation and Daniel tells him we need him, he is important and that we are ambitious and will bring one or two players in, you might find the boy will be okay.

“The chairman has also said he will look at his contract in a month or two. He told me he would do that.”

If Modric does decide to stay in North London, the former Pompey manager firmly believes he’s the man to pick him up.

“If anyone can pick him up, I can,” said Redknapp. “I have a great relationship with him.

“People have to understand it is not an easy situation.

“If someone offered to treble anyone’s wages, they would find it difficult, wherever they worked. That is the situation the boy is in.

“If someone offers £150,000 a week rather than £50,000, you are going to have your head turned.

“Some players can handle it. I know players who have caused havoc in the dressing room in order to get a move. I have seen it so many times. But he wouldn’t cause anyone a problem.

“Let’s be truthful. He wanted to go, but he has just got confused with it all.”

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  1. Roy Singh

    August 24, 2011 at 9:26 am

    In reality, Modric is not worth 150 per week. All 4 top clubs will soon realise that to lure players with high wage offers will not sustain their survival. As for the players who are tempted to leave for higher wages do not feature for long periods with these clubs.

  2. TommyHarmer

    August 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

    One way that might help would be for Harry to shut up more and think a lot more.

  3. bog

    August 24, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Levy should have sorted this out weeks ago, give him a big payrise, world class players want world class wages, just pay him and bring in a few reinforcements and lets push on. String Chelsea on a bit though, make them think that they have a chance right up until the last minute.

  4. Greavsie

    August 24, 2011 at 9:40 am

    How does anyone know that Chelsea would offer £150k per week? Surely this is evidence of illegal tapping up by Chelsea deliberately seeking to undermine the employee of another club.

  5. Damian

    August 24, 2011 at 9:50 am

    We shall see on/before 31th of August whether he’ll still be a Spurs player or not.

  6. Muhd ladan

    August 24, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Readknaf let go to were he want he will not be satify if he stay and you too

  7. Yungvanni

    August 24, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Mr. Redknapp, u n d club chairman, Mr. Daniel Levy r d one dat is very confused. U guys are ashamed of correcting ur last statements. I’ll urge u to leave d guy to go wt his heart, and u guys use d money for a better reinforcement of ur team. Allow d young lad to go to his dream team n make waves. Super Blues for live!!!

  8. abel

    August 24, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I think mr arry need to shut is stinkin mouth up and focus on his player, he was talking about Mata joinin big club, chelsea all for money, yet he keep saying modric want to join them because of payrise, definitly he need, he is world class and worth it, with this attitude, world class player wil refuse to join spurs , mr arry Modric wil reject new deal and he will jöinceleañ ää

  9. Damian

    August 24, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Players beware of Levy,because he’s a traitor that reneges on gentleman’s agreement! I expect Modric to sulk n show the arrogant Levy that he knows how to play the insincere game.

  10. Hardball

    August 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Well done Levy for sticking to the point of principle. Clock is ticking for those clubs trying to beat the financial fair play rules with their ridiculous wage offers.

  11. Kaluwe chilwana

    August 24, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Levy en harry mst let go off modric d playa wnts 2 leave,time z running they shud sell him en sign playaz 4rm d money they wil receive 4rm chelsea

  12. seantheyid

    August 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

    the gentlemans agreement was if a BIG CLUB came in for him, so far that hasn’t happend, its as simple as that,

  13. peteborota

    August 24, 2011 at 11:35 am

    LOL, so Hardball you believe that a player who most Spurs fans and Levy wants between £40 – £50 million for should be paid £50k a week.

    No in any mortals world that is a kings ransom. But compare the wages of £40 – £50 million footballers and they’re not on £50k.

    Just a mute point but Redknapp is talking bollocks about his proposed wage at Chelsea. Gourlay has stated publicly that our wage structure is to be driven down. Mata has just signed on £75k a week. Only Terry and Lampard are paid £150k a week. Drogba and Torres are on £120k. If you want to earn money you join Man City.

  14. Darryl

    August 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Just let him go please… He’s done so much for the club… And by selling him, we’ll get 30 mil plus to buy a world class striker, finally…

  15. Hardball

    August 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Pete don’t think that’s the point actually. Many players get improved contract offers as HR has suggested will happen for Modric. The point is if a club look to a player as part of the 2-3 players they want to build a team around that shouldn’t be allowed to be simply turned on it’s head the next off season unless it’s a ‘silly, nonsensical absolutely disgusting’ amount of money for him ( say 40-50m plus players 🙂 ). And plssss let’s not make it sound like Modders is being kept in poverty.

  16. callum

    August 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I think that, although i’m a Chelsea fan, the decision to stay or go should really be chosen by Modric, who would earn higher wages at cfc. Provided that chelsea offer the right amount of course, i would say £35 million plus benayoun

  17. Gabriel Ajayi

    August 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Whether u like it or not luka MODRIC would join chelsea b4 d close of the transfer’s window. Pls allow him 2 go 2wg

  18. Throball

    August 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Agree with hb. Luka stays whether he likes it or not.

  19. Damian

    August 25, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Spurs will truly reglect it,if they decide to keep a player against his wish-it will culminate in their having a very bad season. I trust Modric to sulk n sulk n sulk!

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