Sunday 11 December 2016

Levy: Modric 'not for sale'

Published 19/06/2011 | 05:00

Tottenham will not sell midfielder Luka Modric "at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club,'' said chairman Daniel Levy.

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The 25-year-old has said he wants to leave for Chelsea but will not present a formal transfer request.

Speculation has been rife concerning the Croatia international, with rivals Manchester City and Manchester United reportedly joining the Blues in their pursuit of the player.

It is managerless Chelsea, believed to have already tabled an unsuccessful £22m offer, who appear to offer Modric the most attractive option as he would prefer to remain in the capital.

"I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer,'' said Levy.

"We are building a team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and retaining quality players is crucial to that.

"In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club. We made our stance on this issue abundantly clear in writing to Chelsea. They chose to ignore it and then subsequently made the offer public.

"For the avoidance of any doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any negotiations whatsoever, with any club, regarding Luka. We now consider this matter closed.''

Cretaro hit two for Sligo

Close range finishes from Raffaele Cretaro and Eoin Doyle in the five minutes before half time eased Sligo Rovers to a 4-0 win over UCD at the Showgrounds last night.

Substitute Daryl Horgan got the third direct from a corner on 68 minutes, and Cretaro grabbed his second in the closing stages.

Sligo Rovers: Clarke; Keane, Ventre, McGuinness, Greene, Dillon (Horgan 65), Ryan, Ndo (Russell 65), Kirby, Cretaro (Devaney 82), Doyle.

UCD: Barron; Harding, Boyle, D O'Connor, Nangle, Marshall (Russell 75), Ledwith (Benson 75), P O'Connor, Corry, Meenan (Roche 84), Rusk.

Ref: R Winter (Dublin).

Pearce dithers over final spot

Stuart Pearce has revealed he is torn over the final place in England's starting line-up for tonight's must-win European Under 21 Championship clash with the Czech Republic.

Pearce refused to confirm the identity or position he had yet to decide upon but it appeared certain to involve his much-criticised midfield.

Any one of captain Michael Mancienne, Jack Rodwell or Jordan Henderson could be for the chop in England's final Group B clash in Denmark, having all disappointed in Wednesday's bore draw with Ukraine.

Henri Lansbury or Fabrice Muamba would be the obvious beneficiaries were Pearce to freshen things up, which he also looks like doing in attack by recalling Scott Sinclair for Danny Rose.

The England boss allayed fears over the fitness of Lansbury and defender Chris Smalling, both of whom missed training yesterday.

England will need to improve dramatically if they are to avoid crashing out of the tournament.

But Pearce was confident the fact they have to win to reach the semi-finals would bring the best out of his side.

"We've looked at the Czechs, we feel as though we know there are certain positional situations that we can exploit, so we've worked on that,'' said Pearce.

The Czechs went through qualifying undefeated but were easily second best to Spain on Wednesday.

Magpies move for Marveaux

Newcastle's French revolution is to continue after Alan Pardew won the battle for Rennes midfielder Sylvain Marveaux who will complete a Bosman free transfer move to St James' Park on July 1 after signing a five-year deal.

Marveaux had been heavily tipped to head for Liverpool this summer, although reports suggested the move had broken down because of a problem with his medical.

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