Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Redknapp: We Won't Sell Modric in January; Spurs Boss Warns Chelsea and United to Forget about Rekindling Interest in Star and Says Club May Even Spend in Transfer Window

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Redknapp: We Won't Sell Modric in January; Spurs Boss Warns Chelsea and United to Forget about Rekindling Interest in Star and Says Club May Even Spend in Transfer Window

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Byline: Gerry Cox

[bar] ARRY REDKNAPP today sent a clear message to Chelsea and Manchester United that Spurs will not be selling Luka Modric or any of his other top players.

Chelsea tried to sign the Croatia playmaker during the summer and he is still high on the list of their January transfer targets.

United have also been linked with Modric but Spurs boss Redknapp is in no mood to do business, particularly with his side having emerged as dark horses for the title race this season.

"Luka's future is here," said Redknapp.

"No one is for sale. We are keeping our best players and if anything we will be adding to the squad not selling.

"That's the message from me and the chairman [Daniel Levy]. We won't be weakening this squad.

"If one or two positions open up where fringe players want to go then we will look at that but we are not going to sell our best players or anyone we want to keep."

Redknapp sympathised with Sir Alex Ferguson, after United were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday. United will now drop into the Europa League, a tournament which has been a problem for Spurs this season after they failed to recapture their Champions League place last season.

Ferguson said playing in the Europa League on a Thursday night was like a punishment and Redknapp added: "Sir Alex is right. It is like a punishment for getting knocked out. Playing on Thursday and Sundays messes the week right up. It is not the correct way to prepare for a game."

Redknapp also questioned the format of both competitions and the fact that the Europa League absorbs teams eliminated from the group states of the Champions League.

"It's unbelievable . I just don't understand it or know why you go from one competition to the other. I don't understand why it is not a straight knock out either because teams put weakened sides out in the group stages and it is just not fair on others. The Champions League was fantastic for Tottenham last year but you get the feeling some teams are only half interested in the qualifying games, like Manchester United perhaps. …

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