• Premier League

Redknapp ready to play Modric

ESPN staff
August 22, 2011

Harry Redknapp is confident Luka Modric has not played his last game for Tottenham.

Redknapp left the Croatian midfielder out of his squad for the trip to Manchester United on Monday, claiming Modric's "head's not in the right place".

With Chelsea actively pursuing Modric, Redknapp's assertion suggested that he had effectively given up hope of keeping the midfielder at White Hart Lane.

However, ahead of the clash with United at Old Trafford, Redknapp made it clear he wants Modric to stay and will not be afraid to cup tie him for European football by fielding him against Hearts in the Europe League.

Playing Modric in that match would mean that he would not be eligible to play for Chelsea in the Champions League.

"I don't think he's played his last game for us," Redknapp told Sky Sports. "I want him to play for us against Manchester City on Sunday, he's a good player and we need him out there for us.

"We've got Hearts on Thursday too and I'd love to get a game into him.

"I can see Chelsea continuing to chase Luka but we really want to keep him and we hope we can add one or two players to our squad to make us stronger."

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