Luka Modric is still interested in joining Chelsea
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Harry Redknapp has revealed Tottenham are working hard to bring in the sort of big-name signings that will convince Luka Modric to stay at the club.
The Croatian playmaker is unsettled at White Hart Lane after Chelsea made two bids for his services, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and manager Redknapp have repeatedly reiterated that they will not let the 25-year-old go anywhere this summer.
Modric is still keen to make the move to Stamford Bridge, however, but Redknapp has asked the midfielder for patience as he attempts to complete the transfers of targets that would convince Modric of the club’s ambition.
“It’s early days in the transfer market and no-one is more ambitious than our chairman Daniel Levy,” Redknapp said. “Luka wants to know that we’ll be right up there challenging next season and we are working hard to bring in a couple of big signings that may convince him to stick with us. I hope so.
“I have sympathy for Luka and his character has shone through in all this. He’s a fantastic bloke and a genius of a player. I’d just ask him to be patient.”
Redknapp appreciates why Modric would want to join a club like Chelsea, especially considering that a switch would undoubtedly come with a significant rise in wages, but maintained that the club are trying to reach a similar stature – something they will struggle to do if they keep selling their best players.
“I can understand how Luka feels in all this,” said Redknapp. “If anyone offers to treble your wages you’d be interested and Chelsea are a big club.
“Everyone wants Luka. Just ask Alex Ferguson what he thinks of him, ask Roberto Mancini at Manchester City – they all want him. He could play for Barcelona.
“Luka wants the chance to win things and he is ambitious. All I’ll say is that we are too at Tottenham.”