Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp reckons that Croatian midfielder Luka Modric is extremely important to the club and the way they play. Hence, he will not be sold under any circumstances in the summer. Modric was linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was ready to pay up to £ 40 million for the player, but Tottenham refused to budge. It has proven to be a great decision on the part of the club, as he has been influential in helping Tottenham reach the top four. Even though Tottenham have not secured their Champions League football next season, Luka Modric will be one of the main reasons if they do so.
Hence, Redknapp has said that the club will start its decline if it sells the key players like Luka Modric and Gareth Bale in the summer. The 26-year-old might have stayed at White Hart Lane last season, but he is still keen in securing a move to a top club. Gareth Bale, meanwhile, is expected to stay at the club in the summer, despite enormous interest from Manchester City. Speaking ahead of the match with Aston Villa during the weekend, Redknapp said that it is in the long-term interest of the club that they should retain both Modric and Gareth Bale.
“If you start selling your best players you’re finished. We are not looking to sell our best players. We are looking to build a team here, not dismantle. If we go backwards, we’re going nowhere basically, are we? We will slump back into mid-table mediocrity and we don’t want that. If we go backwards, we’re going nowhere basically, are we? We will slump back into mid-table mediocrity and we don’t want that,” Redknapp said when asked about the prospect of selling Modric and reinvesting in the team.