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Redknapp warns Modric would be 'huge loss' for Spurs

ESPN staff
June 29, 2012

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says he is unaware of what will happen to Luka Modric this summer, but believes selling the Croatian could help the club.

Modric, 26, is thought be the focus of attention for several clubs this summer, with Real Madrid leading the charge, in a deal that would be worth well in excess of £30 million for Tottenham.

Redknapp, who left the club only a few weeks ago, believes that money could be used by the club to strengthen other areas of the squad.

Asked if Modric had kicked his last ball for Spurs, Redknapp told Sky Sports News: "I don't know. I wouldn't be sure about that. It would be [a huge loss].

"He is irreplaceable. But if they get massive money, they can go and get three or four players and improve the team in other areas."

Tottenham, though, did receive a boost on Wednesday when Gareth Bale signed a new four-year contract, following various rumours regarding his future. Redknapp believes that Bale can go on to be one of the sport's great players.

He added: "He is a great player. Not only is he a great player, he is a top-class boy. He will go on and become one of the great players in world football. He is already, in my opinion. But he will be the best left-sided player, for sure."

Regarding his own exit from White Hart Lane, Redknapp said: "I would obviously love to have stayed. Things were going well. There was no hint of me leaving, to be fair. But it is up to the chairman and the owner.

"It is their club, if they feel they want to go down a different route. Maybe they want to get someone in where they can get more people involved in who they sign and who they do not sign, that is up to them. It is their club."

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