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Redknapp staggered by Chelsea's 'poor' Modric bid

ESPN staff
July 12, 2011

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp remains confident of hanging on to wantaway star player Luka Modric, with the Spurs boss insisting Chelsea's latest bid of £27 million for the player is a "pretty poor offer".

Spurs initially turned down an offer of £22 million from Chelsea, but the Blues have tested the club's resolve further by increasing their bid for the midfielder.

The transfer saga took a twist at the weekend when Modric blasted chairman Daniel Levy after being told he would not be allowed to leave White Hart Lane. With the 25-year-old beginning to show signs of unrest, Chelsea have refused to walk away and have instead ramped up their pursuit of the Croat.

Spurs embark on a tour to South Africa on Wednesday and Redknapp is adamant the player will be among the travelling squad, insisting once again that Modric is going nowhere.

"We don't want to sell him, obviously," he told Sky Sports News. "I still think £27 million is a pretty poor offer for a player of that ability. It's not anywhere near what I'd value him at if he was for sale, but he's not for sale. That's the end of it, the chairman's made his stance and that's it."

When asked whether the club's position would change if the bid reached £30 million, he said: "I don't think so. I honestly value him at way, way in excess of that. Even if they offered that the chairman has said he's not for sale."

As speculation continues to mount, many believe Modric may attempt to push the deal through by handing in a transfer request - a decision which Redknapp believes would not change anything.

"I wouldn't have thought it would have an effect on the situation," he said. "He's off tomorrow [to South Africa]. He's the last lad in the world that would ever cause a problem. He hasn't got it in him to be nasty, he's a nice lad. I've come across players who would want to go who would be a real problem, but that's not his nature."

Tottenham's Premier League campaign begins with a home game against Everton on August 13 and Redknapp is keeping his fingers crossed that the time away in South Africa will defuse the situation.

He said: "I would think so. Get away and get on with football now, come back and hopefully he'll be ready for the season."

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