20 June, 2011

Spurs Modric Hit Up By Chelsea

On the coattails of Chelsea throwing a ridiculous low ball offer of 22m Euro for Modric (Spurs paid 15mil not 3 years ago), Chelsea has now tried to tap Modric up with an offer for 35mil Euro.
"I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer. We are building a team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and retaining players is crucial to that. In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea or any other club." said Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy.
Modric, despite being a little on the less physical side, has proven to be a great addition to Tottenham, orchestrating the midfield. The problem is that he and left winger Garteth Bale have both been targets of speculation for approaches by deeper walleted clubs and now, seemingly, the approach by Chelsea has unsettled Modric (as Chelsea and Man U so frequently do to other clubs- to the tune of at least 2 a season each). Modric followed this approach up by saying to the Daily Mail (via Who Ate All the Pies):

“If somebody comes to the club and the offer is good for me and acceptable to them, then I want to leave. I want to leave Tottenham as friends. I have enjoyed my time there, but now it is right for me to look at another club. I have an arrangement with the chairman. When I signed my new contract, he said that, if another club came to sign me, they would consider the offer. I won’t ask for a transfer, no. That would be disrespectful. I hope they can reach an agreement that is satisfactory for everyone.Chelsea are a big club with an ambitious owner. They have great players and they have ambitions to fight for the title and win the Champions League. I want to stay in London. I am very happy here and so are my family. I don’t want to have an argument with Tottenham. 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.”

If Modric should leave, while Spurs would command a hefty sum (less now that he's been unsettled as typically happens), Spurs would be without a true striker, 2 solid centerbacks and a playmaking offensive midfield type. Not good. Not good at all. Let's just hope this is all resolved in the coming weeks rather than at the end of the summer with no one available to fill the spots.

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