Chelsea Given Hope Of £40m Deal After Modric Bombshell
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp revealed Luka Modric asked not to be selected before the 5-1 defeat to Manchester City at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has revealed Luka Modric asked not to be selected before the 5-1 defeat to Manchester City at White Hart Lane yesterday, giving Chelsea fresh hope of striking a deal.
Modric is wanted by Chelsea with reports today suggesting the Blues were ready to submit their third bid for the 25-year old which is thought to be in the region of £40million, and the actions of Modric suggest the playmaker is still hopeful of forcing a move away from the club.
Modric started and came through 65 minutes, but only after Redknapp convinced him he had to play.
“Luka came to me at 11.30 this morning and said to me, ‘I don’t feel my head is right today’. I said, ‘I feel you need to play today, Luka. I need you to play. You need to come and play’.
“I told him we had injuries and I said, ‘I need you to come and play. We need you on the pitch, get out and play’.
“I told him he was our main man.”
Redknapp believes Modric is being advised to make things difficult for Tottenham.
“I’m sure he is getting advised to maybe not play today. We have seen it with other clubs,” Redknapp added.
“He was okay yesterday morning to play and obviously something happened last night. Who knows what went on.
“Some of the papers today were saying that they are ready to make a £40million offer.
“While he still sees a chink of light to go to Chelsea, he is probably doing what maybe people are telling him the best way of getting out of here is.”
“There has been a feeling around the place that the place hasn’t been right since the start of pre-season,” Redknapp added.
“It has been a bit of a difficult period really.
“When people want to go it can be a problem but hopefully in another day or two when the window closes he will still be here and we’ll all move on.
“I don’t think he’s going to go. The chairman said he isn’t. When he comes back from international duty the window will be closed.”
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