White Hart Lane midfielder not subtle in angling for Stamford Bridge move.
Luka Modric has revealed that he does want to leave Tottenham and is keen on a move to Chelsea as he is happy in London.
Spurs have already rejected a £22million bid from Chelsea for their Croatian superstar, with manager Harry Redknapp insisting he does not want to sell.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City are also keeping tabs on the situation, but Modric has now said he would rather stay in London, although he does want to leave White Hart Lane.
“If somebody comes to the club and the offer is good for me and acceptable to them, then I want to leave,” Modric is quoted by the Daily Mail.
“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.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
So let’s get this right. Luka would not “ask for a transfer” as that would be disrespectful, but it’s perfectly okay to say “I want to leave” in order to join the club’s arch rivals Chelsea? Harry Redknapp will not be pleased as the White Hart Lane boss has spent the last few months making it clear he would not sell any of his star performers, so for one of those said performers to turn around and make these statements does not bode well for the North London club.
Modric may want to re-address his attitude, after all Tottenham did make it to the Champions League Quarter Final’s last season and are a far better proposition to the team he joined back in the summer of 2008. Whilst the Croatian international may well feel that he can achieve more at Chelsea, there is a way to conduct yourself over such issues and this is not the way to do so.
Redknapp knows that if he loses a player of Modric’s calibre then he may well hear similar transfer requests from the likes of Rafael Van der Vaart, Gareth Bale and Sandro as those players can then handily cite ‘lack of ambition’ if the pint sized midfielder opts to leave the club.
Chelsea on the other hand probably see Modric as a long term replacement for Frank Lampard and whomever is set to take the Blues hot-seat, probably Guus Hiddink and another junior partner, will be looking to bring in youthful additions to reverse the ageing nature of the Stamford Bridge squad.
A number of the club’s top brass are aged 30 years and over and there has been much speculation about the possible departures of Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka.