White Hart Lane star wants out.
Tottenham’s Luka Modric puts in transfer request to force Chelsea move
The breakdown in relations between Luka Modric and the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, was complete on Wednesday when the midfielder handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a move to Chelsea.
Modric took the step after Tottenham, who have said he is not for sale at any price, rejected a second offer from Chelsea which valued the Croatia international at £27m and followed a previous £22m bid.
The playmaker flew to South Africa with his team-mates for a pre-season tour out of respect for his manager, Harry Redknapp, who has repeatedly praised Modric’s attitude and said he understood why the player was keen to join Chelsea. Redknapp has, though, joined Levy in stating that Modric is not for sale.
The pint sized Croatian has done something of a massive U-Turn here. Just last month the Tottenham star stated that he wouldn’t hand in a transfer request and that to do so would be ‘disrespectful’, but now the 25 year old has seemingly done just that.
Things appeared to have come to a head last week when the former Dynamo Zagreb man stated that White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy had not only gone against his word but had also threatened to make Modric rot on the bench if he did not stop pushing for a Chelsea transfer.
Levy reportedly told Modric last summer during a meeting in Dubrovnik that he would allow the player to leave if a ‘bigger’ club came in for him, this gentlemen’s agreement appears to have not been fulfilled as Chelsea did indeed make their interest known, and now the North London side must decide what to do next.