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Tottenham Transfer News: Daniel Levy Adamant About Luka Modric Stay

Abhishek Iyer
761   //    07 Jul 2011, 15:45 IST

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has had talks with wantaway midfielder Luka Modric and told him that he will not be leaving that club this summer, and he reported that Modric ‘understands’ Spurs’ position and will not force a transfer.

Modric told he will not leave

The 25 year old Croat flew down from his holiday to have a tête-à-tête with Levy, and the chairman confirmed that under no circumstances would Modric be allowed to leave White Hart Lane.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said-

“Everything was fine [following the meeting with Luka Modric]. We had a very good conversation and, as I’ve said previously, Luka Modric will not be sold,”

Modric’s potential move has been one of the most high-profile and keenly followed transfer sagas of the summer. Many top clubs, Manchester United and Chelsea chief among them, were closely monitoring the petite Croat’s situation. Although Modric initially expressed his desire to stay on at Tottenham, these were soon followed by quotes that he wished to move to Chelsea.

It is believed that Chelsea made a 22 million pound bid for the midfielder, which Tottenham instantly rejected. Redknapp was far from amused at both the bid and the behaviour from Chelsea, labelling the bid as ridiculous and saying that ‘there were players being sold for 20 million who aren’t fit to lace Luka’s boots’. Daniel Levy also delivered a strongly-worded statement earlier, in which he reiterated that Modric would not be sold at any price and Spurs would do everything to retain him.

And now Tottenham’s resistance seems even more fierce, after Modric was personally told in no uncertain terms that he would continue donning the Tottenham colours next season. Levy said that it was immaterial if Chelsea returned with a higher bid for the player, as they would not let go of their best players if they were to move forward next season.

He said-

“Correct [I told him he won’t be leaving]. That’s the end of it. As I said a few weeks ago, there’s no further discussion on it. He was on holiday we’ve now had a conversation and he understands our position.

“He understood. I’m sure once he’s back with his team-mates everything will be fine. It makes no difference [if Chelsea came in with a higher bid], this is not about money, we’re not selling our best players.”

This transfer saga seems at an end, unless Chelsea come up with a particularly behemoth offer or Modric puts in a transfer request. Stay tuned for more in this regard.

Abhishek Iyer
24 year old, short term pessimist and long term optimist gooner. If you read any of my stuff and come to the conclusion that I know nothing about football, we\'ve finally reached an agreement.
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