Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Harry's Desperate for Modric to Stay

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Harry's Desperate for Modric to Stay

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TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp admits Luka Modric is "confused" about his future but is still determined to hang on to his star midfielder.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy insisted yesterday that Modric, who is 12 months into a six-year contract, would not be leaving this summer after holding showdown talks with the want-away Croat at White Hart Lane.

Modric has made it clear that he wants to swap Tottenham for Chelsea, who had a pounds 22million bid for the player rejected three weeks ago, but Levy is adamant the 25-year-old is not for sale at any price.

The Tottenham chairman is aware of the vow he made to fans on the last day of the season that none of the club's top players will be sold and he is also aware of Redknapp's desire to hold on to such an important player in his squad.

Levy has played hardball with the player since, denying him the move he wants, but Modric is thought to be unwilling to hand in a transfer request to push through a move.

Redknapp came face to face with Modric yesterday morning at the club's training base for the first time since the former Dynamo Zagreb man publicly declared his desire to move to Stamford Bridge.

The 64-year-old emerged from the club's training ground in Chigwell, Essex, this afternoon to admit the playmaker is in a daze about his future.

"He's walked in today and is happy, but the kid's a bit confused at the moment. Other teams want him but we want him here and I want to keep him," Redknapp said.

"He loves playing here. It's a difficult situation for him and I understand where he's coming from. We can't kid ourselves.

"He signed a contract here, we love him here and want him here. We don't want to sell our best players.

"He's a special player for us. We want him here and need him here. " Modric scored seven goals in the last two years for Tottenham, but his creativity and battling qualities in the middle of the park mean he is arguably the most important player in Redknapp's squad. …

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