Harry Redknapp says Tottenham’s positioning on the future of Luka Modric has not changed despite rumours the Croatian has handed in a transfer request.
In an interview with the BBC, the Spurs boss said the club would remain reluctant to sell Modric regardless of whether a formal transfer request had been handed in or not.
Redknapp reiterated that it was Tottenham’s ambition to keep hold of their best players in order to build a side capable of challenging for the Premier League title.
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“We know he wants to leave, whether he writes it down on a piece of paper doesn’t really make any difference to our stance,” Redknapp told the news provider.
“He’s a great player and we don’t want to lose him.”
Modric has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in recent days, while Manchester United are also thought to be interested.
With this in mind, Redknapp is optimistic that a few days away on Tottenham’s mini-tour of South Africa will help the midfielder focus on the job in hand and get back to helping his club challenge for honours next season.
“Hopefully he will go away and get a bit of football now and just get on with it,” Redknapp said.
“We hope that he will come back and get ready for the new season.”
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