White Hart Lane boss looks to smooth things over between chairman and star performer.
Harry Redknapp feels Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy needs to speak to Luka Modric in an effort to persuade him to stay at White Hart Lane.
Modric has been hankering after a move to Chelsea this summer, with Spurs having already rejected two bids from their Premier League rivals.
The Croatia international was not in the right frame of mind to play in Spurs’ opening league game of the season on Monday when Redknapp’s side lost 3-0 at champions Manchester United.
Redknapp feels the 25-year-old is ‘confused’ and has not given up hope of hanging on to the influential midfielder beyond the transfer deadline.
However, after being told by Levy at a summer meeting he would not be sold under any circumstances, Redknapp believes clear-the-air talks are required, with a new contract to follow.
“The chairman has to sit down and have a chat with him,” said the Spurs boss.
“They probably fell out a little bit over that first meeting.
“If they can have a meeting and resolve the whole situation and Daniel tells him we need him, he is important and that we are ambitious and will bring one or two players in, you might find the boy will be okay.
“The chairman has also said he will look at his contract in a month or two. He told me he would do that.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
It is fairly rare for a manager to publicly state that his chairman should chat with an unsettled player to help smooth things over and it’s a call that may not go down to well with the Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy. Croatian international Luka Modric was under the impression that he had reached a gentleman’s agreement that should Chelsea come calling then he would be allowed to leave, something that the North London side now do not wish to allow to happen.
Modric was left out of the Tottenham side that lost 3-0 to Man United last night and one wonders if the 25 year old can continue to remain at White Hart Lane after all that has happened? Would it really be as simple as Levy offering a more lucrative contract? Seems unlikely given that the former Dynamo Zagreb man only signed a six year deal a year ago.