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Betrayed Modric vows to keep giving his all for Spurs
Want-away Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric claims he has been nothing but a model professional during his time at the club, and he will prove it by continuing to give his best until the day he leaves.
Modric delivered an angry backlash on Sunday towards Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, whom the player claims has gone back on a gentleman's agreement. According to Modric's account, Levy told the Croatian last summer - when he signed a contract extension - that any offers from Europe's leading clubs would be discussed.
In Modric's eyes, that has not happened with regard to the recent £22 million approach from Chelsea, and the 25-year-old accused Levy of showing no interest in what he wanted. Moreover, Modric claims Levy threatened to leave him in the stands if he pursued a move to Chelsea.
The Croatia international has made it abundantly clear that he wishes to leave north London, and in additional quotes he pointed out that he has risked his career at times to help Tottenham. Now he wants the same loyalty in return.
"I have been a loyal sportsman. I played when injured and sick," Modric said. "I came back only a few days after operations. I did it as a professional but also as a man who wants to make his contribution to Spurs.
"Now the time has come to go my own way and I ask them to understand my situation. I told him (Levy) I want to go and the reason is my ambition to play for a club which is challenging for the English title and the European Cup.
"I will be 26 soon and I'm convinced it is right for me to take my chance in my career."
There remains a shred of hope for Spurs fans who are hoping to see Modric stay this summer though, after he promised to continue giving his all for the club regardless of how his future unravels. "Of course I will turn up and continue to fulfil my obligations," Modric said. "From the first day at Tottenham I have given my best."
Chelsea are, however, expected to increase their bid for Modric this week following news that Michael Essien could be facing a lengthy layoff with a knee injury.