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Van der Vaart: Modric decision in three or four days

ESPN staff
July 23, 2012

Tottenham Hotspur's Rafael van der Vaart is hopeful of a positive conclusion regarding Luka Modric's future in the coming days.

ESPN understands that Modric, 26, has been fined by Tottenham after missing training on Friday and then failing to travel with the club for their pre-season tour of America.

The Croatia international has made it clear he wishes to leave North London this summer, with Real Madrid thought to be favourites to secure his signature - if they exceed Spurs' reported asking fee of £35 million.

Modric's future was the subject of conjecture last summer, after Chelsea saw a number of offers rejected, but the midfielder ultimately remained at White Hart Lane.

And Van der Vaart is optimistic of a repeat of that scenario, saying: "It is a difficult situation. The chairman is angry but he is also very upset at what is happening. I think everything will be fixed in three or four days."

The Dutchman spent two years at Madrid, during which he was not always a first-choice squad member. However, he still acknowledges that it is impossible for a player of Modric's calibre to ignore their advances.

"Real Madrid are the biggest team in the world, it's really an honour that I played there," he said. "Every player wants to play there."

Van der Vaart reiterated his own desire to stay at White Hart Lane, answering when asked if he will be a Tottenham player this season: "Yes. There's always question marks in football so you never know but I plan to stay and I'm happy here."

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