Sunday 22 April 2018

Spurs concern over Modric mindset as Chelsea move falters

Jason Burt

Harry Redknapp yesterday admitted that Luka Modric might become "resentful" if he is not granted his £30m transfer from Tottenham to Chelsea.

"That's the risk you run," the Spurs manager said. "We can all sit here and say 'he'll be all right' but we don't know what is in his head.

"None of us know how he is going to feel. But he is here and he has to get on with it, for his own good.

"He has to come out and be the great player that we all know he is, he has to have a great season again. There is nothing more we can do."

Redknapp reiterated that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has told Chelsea he will not enter into negotiations over Modric, although there remains the possibility the player might force a £30m move.

"It is difficult for him (Modric). I was talking to (assistant manager) Joe Jordan and he said to me 'he's going to be sitting there when they are in the Champions League or looking to win the Premier League thinking he could have been earning 100 grand more every week, or looking to win the Champions League'.

"It is not easy is it? We can sit there and say he signed a long-term deal, but if you put yourself in that position, it is difficult."

Redknapp admitted that he had, mentally, already spent some of the cash he could receive from Modric's sale.

"There are a couple of players that I could get for very small fees who could do very well for us. Experienced players," he said.

Spurs are set to complete the loan signing of striker Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City, after a deal was struck over his £160,000-a-week wages, while Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra is understood to have taken a medical at the club yesterday ahead of his proposed switch.

"We aren't paying all his wages, but I think you'll find he is taking the drop in salary," Redknapp said of Adebayor.

Redknapp, who admitted that he was also interested in Liverpool's Joe Cole, will field youngsters such as Andros Townsend, Harry Kane and Tom Carroll in tonight's Europa League play-off against Hearts, with Spurs 5-0 up from the first leg.

The manager confirmed that Modric will not be released for Croatia's forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Malta and Israel unless he plays for Spurs against Manchester City on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Daryl Murphy was in negotiations with Ipswich Town last night about a permanent move from Celtic. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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