White Hart Lane icon expects Croatian to leave.
Tottenham Hotspur legend Ossie Ardiles says manager Harry Redknapp can do nothing to prevent midfielder Luka Modric from leaving.
Chelsea had three bids rejected for the 26-year-old in the summer, with even a deadline day £40million offer turned down.
The Croatia international begged the club to let him go but the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy refused all advances.
Chelsea signed Raul Meireles from Liverpool instead but Ardiles insists he cannot see Modric staying beyond the end of the season.
“In my time, when all the power was with the chairman or with the club, you could stop players leaving,” he said.
“If a player wanted to leave, at the end of the day, he could not leave.
“Right now, with all the power in the player’s hands, you cannot possibly stop that. If Luka Modric, or whoever, wants to leave the club, he will.
“Of course it will affect him when suddenly you are going to be earning a lot more money, you are going to be playing in the Champions League.
“You would not be human if you are not unsettled after that. Saying that, he realises it’s not going to happen right now.
“So these months for him before January are going to be incredibly crucial. I think he’s going to give everything he has and we’re going to be the beneficiaries of that.
“And, of course, he will benefit as well because he may have a transfer in January or he may in July.”