• Premier League

Tottenham unmoved on Modric

ESPNsoccernet staff
July 14, 2011

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he has rejected a written transfer request from wantaway midfielder Luka Modric.

Modric, 25, expressed his desire to leave Spurs in writing on Wednesday night after weeks of speculation about his future, but Redknapp has moved swiftly to dismiss the request, insisting the club will not be forced into selling a player who is tied to a long-term contract.

"We know Luka wants to leave, " Redknapp told the BBC. "Writing it down on a piece of paper doesn't make much difference to our stance."

Modric has been the subject of interest from Chelsea, who saw a bid of £27 million turned down on Monday, though he landed in South Africa on Thursday with his team-mates for Spurs' pre-season tour.

Chelsea are expected to return with an offer in the region of £30 million for the Croatia playmaker, but Spurs are thought to be holding out for an even higher fee.

Modric has publicly stated his desire to leave for Stamford Bridge and recently slammed the conduct of Daniel Levy, claiming the Spurs chairman had promised he could leave if the Blues offered a sum in the region of £25 million.

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