“I Think Chelsea Will Try To Sign Modric Again In January”
Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit reckons the Blues still need Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric and wouldn’t be surprised if they made another move in the January transfer window.
Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit believes the Blues still need Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric and wouldn’t be surprised if they made another move in the January transfer window.
Modric was subject to several bids from Chelsea in the summer, with the final offer thought to be worth up to £40million, and the Croatian was keen on the move even handing in a transfer request in order to push though a deal.
However, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy stood firm and refused to sell and now the 26-year-old is set for a new bumper pay package at White Hart Lane, but Gullit insists Chelsea still lack creativity and should make a fresh move for Modric in January.
“The player Chelsea still need, for me, is Modric,” Gullit said at the Golden Foot awards in Monte Carlo.
“They have great players all around the pitch but he has something Chelsea doesn’t have at the moment. He is creative and dominates the passing game in the midfield – he could be like Xavi or Iniesta are to Barcelona.
“I was surprised Tottenham didn’t accept £40m because they are known to sell their best players for good offers. I think Chelsea will try to sign Modric again in January and maybe this time they will get him.”
The Dutch hero is delighted that Andre Villas-Boas has adopted a new attacking style.
“I really like the style of football I am seeing from Chelsea under Andre Villas-Boas,” added Gullit. “I know the supporters there want to see quick, attacking football with creativity.
“They will be contenders for the Premier League and the Champions League this season, for sure.
“The new coach probably needs two full seasons before we can start to judge him. The team may have some problems this season but there is no point in appointing a young coach if you’re not going to be faithful to him and back his ideas.”
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