Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has reiterated his refusal to sell star man Luka Modric in a meeting with the Croatian.
The playmaker is a wanted man, with Chelsea and Manchester United both looking to add fluency to their midfield through signing the 25-year-old.
Reports suggest Modric has had his head turned and would prefer to be playing for a club involved in the Champions league.
Spurs had their first ever taste of the competition last year but, by finishing their Premier League campaign in fifth, they failed to qualify for the 2011-12 version and will instead appear in the Europa League.
Modric’s stance notwithstanding, Levy is unwilling to sanction the sale of Tottenham’s most-prized assets and has said as much in a face-to-face meeting with the player.
Instead, Levy wants Modric to work in tandem with the likes of Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Aaron Lennon to bridge the gap to the top clubs and challenge for major honours.
“Everything was fine, we had a very good conversation and – as I said previously – Luka Modric will not be sold,” he told Sky Sports after the meeting.
“It’s the end of it. As I said a few weeks ago, there’s no further discussion on it. He was on holiday, we’ve now had the conversation and he understands our position. I’m sure once he’s back with his team-mates everything will be fine.”
With Modric in their ranks and without the distraction of Champions League football, Spurs look good bets to finish in the top four despite only being sixth-favourites in bwin’s betting market with odds of 7/2.
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Spurs’ first game of the season will be at home to Everton on Saturday, 13th August.
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