Luka Modric has expressed his frustration at Tottenham’s refusal to sell him to Chelsea and attacked chairman Daniel Levy for the “arrogant” way he has blocked the move.
The Spurs midfielder is keen to transfer to Spurs’ west London rivals in order to play for a Champions League-qualified team challenging for the Premier League title.
However, Levy wants Modric to stay at White Hart Lane and help Spurs mount a title bid of their own.
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According to Modric, he met with Levy last summer and was told the club would be willing to reach a “satisfactory agreement” for both parties if a club like Chelsea came in for him.
But when the Croatian met with the Spurs chairman last week, he claims he was informed in no uncertain terms that he could either accept he was staying or rot in the reserves.
“I reminded the chairman of our gentlemen’s agreement when we were in Dubrovnik last summer and I agreed a contract extension with Tottenham. Then I had an open chat with Levy – that if a bigger club came in with a concrete offer, we would consider it and agree the best solution for all concerned,” he said in an interview with Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.
“The chairman said, ‘OK, we’ll sit and talk [about any offers]’. Now Levy doesn’t want to talk to me and said there is no possibility that I can leave Spurs.
“He threatened me – he said if I didn’t accept the club’s stance, they would make me sit on the bench or in the stands.”
Spurs kick off their Premier League campaign against Everton at White Hart Lane on Saturday, 13th August.
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