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Oh man, i hope we don't sell :-(
Bit odd for hims to say 'I won't ask for a transfer'. Phrasing aside, that is exactly what he's done.
This quote in particular:
"It has happened to Tottenham before. It is normal for a player to dream about playing for a bigger club."
I on the other hand will be laughing all the way to Stamford Bridge next season and hopefully watching someone with a bit of creativity for the first time in a while. Obviously I'll then realise im 45 quid down and cant afford a pint so I'll go back to being upset again. We're such an evil club sometimes, it's great.
I think we'll refuse to sell.
I was hoping that Modric, our true best player, would be the least likely to leaave. After the last few weeks where he has come out and said he was happy its a shame hes changed his tune. But since he cost 16 mill, i wouldnt sell less than 32 mill. Or 30mill plus Drogba.
If James fucking Milner is worth £26m then Modric is worth at least £60m.
I wouldn't sell for less than £70m plus Drogba.
and Modric not being English, I think Torres is a better benchmark for making snap judgements like that. But also the Torres deal was done in January, which always seems to up the price of a player. Anyway, I'd say £35m would be good business for Spurs, but they'd do a lot better to keep him and sell Bale for near that price.
Ok. £35m plus Jenas and you've got a deal.
so Modric is worth about 8
wouldn't he rather stay at Spurs and help MAKE them a successful "bigger" club competing at the top of the Prem and in Europe? insert a long list of players guilty of similar motivations, it more often than not doesn't work out
sport doesn't come into it
it'll definitely soften the blow
It was Frank Lampards
this is why we have players signed up for 5 years
it's only worth a LOL if we do sell him now.
I imagine that Levy will ask him to reconsider and try to get the club back in the Champions League this season. If we fail then he can look at his options this time next year.
£30m isn't a huge amount given that a £30m replacement wouldn't want to come to a club that wasn't playing CL football. That's why it's so important to keep players this summer.
He seems like a committed professional - I reckon if he's still there next season he'll give Spurs his all and won't rock the boat too much.
I'm not entirely convinced Spurs will have a price in mind. The problem is that it's not just about money - it's also about Spurs wanting to prove they can compete with City, Chelsea and United as equals. Selling their best player to their rivals, whether he wants to go or not, would basically be an admission they're not a legitimate top four or five side and sixth is where they're aspirations should lie.
Which, whether it's true or not, would be a painful and humiliating thing for the club to so openly admit to.
but I doubt the club were over-impressed.
If someone comes in with a massive bid and Modric makes a formal request I'm sure he'll be off, but I'm less than convinced he's been ringing the Mail whilst on his boat, and Levy has a decent record of getting good prices when forced to sell to bigger clubs.
I've heard that all before.
Presuming the quotes are genuine, and you have to given Levy's statement, I cannot see him staying.
Especially when they only just signed a new deal and 'committed' their future to you.
Modric has been heavily linked with an exit for a while now though hasn't he? He was rumoured to be going last season, even despite the top 4 finish. So the fact he wants out now they've taken backwards steps isn't that shocking.
If COYS get Adam it will soften the blow and you'd even have loads of spare bunse to blow.
season if Spurs don't want to sell him. Really can't see him sulking in the reserves.
to one of the big teams who would happily do the same to any other club in the country except Man U, City, Arsenal, Chelsea & Liverpool.
See: Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton, Danny Rose.
Dog eat dog.
Our deal for Marveaux falls through as he fails his medical. Then Newcastle give him a 5 year deal.
I know I would say this, but this is one of those deals you want to fail from the beginning.
First of all he's from the French league. Second he's on a free. Third you see how rarely he's played. Then he fails a medical.
Would love to see us capture Juan Mata. If we get him and Downing, our width will already look a lot... wider.
Saying they didn't want Ba as he's a crock anyway. Anyway, I can see your point about him being on a free, considering the money you're spending and the squad you already have, you can afford better players. For Newcastle he's either going to be an on/off squad player that is costing us relatively little, or a decent first teamer that was a bargain.
I'd also say it's not a failed medical if you still offer him a contract (even if it's adjusted).
then Luka will say he appreciates that and hopes he keeps his promise, and it will all be fine.
and replace him with Miralem Pjani?, who cost 1/3 the fee obtained for Modric, but soon was worth twice it.
http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/8431/0/exclusive-%E2%80%93-redknapp-insists-luka-modric-going-nowhere A lot.
I think it will be because Levy has decided he wants to cash in, rather than because Modric has forced his hand. However, the strength of the statement he's issued today suggests that he doesn't want to cash in, and I don't see how he can make a u-turn on that. His position at the club will be untenable if he does.
Actually, the only interesting thing about Levy's statement is the contention that Chelsea leaked the story to the press. It'd be interesting to know if that's true- Chelsea certainly do not formally or overtly release information to the press.
From Spurs' reaction it seems pretty clear they didn't as they'd have no interest in doing so. You can argue Modric's agent would be the prime suspect but that'd still leave two questions:
a) Who told Modric's agent?
b) If Spurs told Modric's agent as a matter of course then surely they'd know/blame him for leaking it.
Whether Chelsea leaked the story to the press, you do have to wonder if someone made sure Modric's agent (and Modric himself) were aware of what had happened to destabilise him at the club. I'm not saying that's the most terrible thing on Earth, or that if Chelsea had done that they'd have done anything worse/different than any team trying to attract a player from a smaller club but presumably something more must have happened than Chelsea submitting a written bid and Levy rejecting it for this to have all come out.
Essentially, I agree with what you've said and I wouldn't be remotely surprised of a Chelsea source did leak the story. It's just an incredibly bold and accusatory statement for Levy to make and I wonder if he'll end up regretting it.
Levy is claiming he did not make it public, therefore Chelsea did.
If the agent made the offer 'public', then who told the agent?
and given that he doesn't have much of a history of ranting, raving and making shit up i'm inclined to believe that he does, I think it's fair enough really.
Chelsea prevented this being done on any kind of amicable basis when they made a derisory £22m offer and leaked it to the press. The "not at any price" shit is obviously a bit over the top, but if you read it as
"we don't want or need to sell, so unless the player asks to go and the offer is massive there's no chance"
then you know, seems fair enough.
I doubt Levy thinks there's anything wrong with that either- he's a good businessman, after all.
is trying to sign players for massive money, isn't it?
in the majority of Chelsea's big-fee transfers?
Redknapp likes to tell us how little input he has into transfers, after all.
the low bid on it's own isn't much of an issue, but making a bid which is way below any conceivable valuation, then leaking that information is going out of your way to unsettle the player.
Pretty much every club has been guilty of similar conduct, and it ain't the worst thing in the world, but if you can't see how that might piss Levy off then er, whatever...
It's still just a very bold thing to say in public, and it interests me because it suggests something we don't yet know about has gone on.
1. Spurs have spoken to Modric at some point (not necessarily recently), he's said he won't formally ask for a transfer and will give his all even if he'd rather be somewhere else (a la Tevez and Fabregas) and Levy decided that a tilt at the top 4 next season is enough of a priority to make cashing in irrelevant.
2. Levy is just trying to force both Modric's and Chelsea's hands - forcing Modric to unambiguously (maybe formally rather than in some semi fictional boat Mail phonecall) come out and say he wants to go (which will take some heat off from Spurs fans - no-one really wants to keep wantaway players), as well as making it very clear for Chelsea that if they want this it's really gonna cost them.
Maybe there is more to it, I guess we'll be in a better position to guess at the end of August.