Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that the star midfielder Luka Modric must return to training is he is not sold in the current transfer window. The 26-year-old Croatian midfielder has been linked with almost every big club in the world, but it is thought that Real Madrid are at the forefront to secure his signature.

Tottenham are resisting attempts to sell the player because they are demanding around £ 40 million, while Real Madrid are prepared to pay only £ 30 million. As a result of this stand-off, there have been doubts regarding the possibility of the deal being completed before the end of the transfer window.

The new Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that even if the player is not sold in the transfer window, then he must return to the training with the right frame of mind. Tottenham received an offer of £ 40 million from Chelsea in the last transfer window, but rejected it. As a result of the one-year difference, his transfer value has fallen and it is likely that Tottenham will now accept an offer of £ 40 million for the 26-year-old, who will soon turn 27 years of age. Real Madrid are ready to look at other alternatives if they are unable to agree a fee.

“He is training alone because we decided to do that until his mental state is ready to return to the team. It is important that, in the coming days, he understands he must return to the first team. We respect the player’s ambition, but he must also respect the club. Until we receive a suitable offer for the player, he will not go,” said the Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas. Tottenham’s first match of the season is against Newcastle United at St James’s Park, which will be extremely difficult.

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