Friday 15 December 2017

Modric to go back training as Real consider upping bid

Luka Modric. Photo: Getty Images
Luka Modric. Photo: Getty Images

Jason Burt

Luka Modric has agreed to return to training at Tottenham Hotspur after the midfielder went AWOL to try and force a move to Real Madrid.

Spurs have now spoken to Modric but head coach Andre Villas-Boas has yet to decide whether to order the Croatian international to join up with the club's tour to the United States.

As revealed on Sunday, Modric will be heavily fined by Villas-Boas for refusing to train last Friday and then for his failure to board the team flight to Los Angeles on Saturday morning ahead of the opening game of the US tour against LA Galaxy later today.

Villas-Boas is considering his next step with Spurs furious at Modric's behaviour although there is relief that they have been able to contact the 26-year-old amid fears that he had left England and returned to Croatia.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is leaving it for Villas-Boas to decide how to discipline Modric.

Modric's representatives are holding fresh talks with Real to try and persuade them to increase their offer, of £27m, for the player. Spurs will sell -- and Modric has been informed of this -- but only if they achieve close to their valuation of £40m.

Modric has threatened for some time to hand in a transfer request but has yet to do so, while Spurs have warned they are prepared for the saga to run until the transfer window closes.

Both Spurs and Modric would prefer to avoid a re-run of last summer's drama in which Chelsea made a series of bids, culminating in an offer of £40m, only for the player to be forced to stay. The difference this time is that Levy is prepared to sell but Modric's tactics have angered him and he has consistently proven to be a stubborn negotiator.

Levy is steadfast that he will not sell to another Premier League club, and especially Chelsea, while although PSG will make a higher offer than Real, Modric wants to join the Spanish champions. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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