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Modric won't force move from Spurs

ESPN staff
July 7, 2011

Luka Modric will not force a move to Chelsea by handing in a transfer request at Tottenham Hotspur, his agent has revealed.

Modric is the subject of interest from Chelsea, with Tottenham having rejected a bid in the region of £22 million earlier in the summer.

The Croatia international returned from his summer break on Wednesday and headed straight to White Hart Lane for showdown talks with Spurs owner Daniel Levy.

The conversation was somewhat brief, with Modric leaving barely 30 minutes after arriving, and Levy emerged to reveal that the midfielder was not for sale at any price.

Mega rich Chelsea may not be deterred and further bids could be in the offing, but Modric will offer no encouragement to the Blues by tabling a transfer request.

"I don't think he'll hand in a transfer request," Modric's representative Nikky Vuksan said. "He will honour his contract.

"He wants to play Champions League and win trophies. The only way we can resolve this is to sit down and talk. Luka will report today for training and will do his best, as always.

"I have never been in a situation before where a player has had to fight a club and it's not something we want to do.

"The only official offer so far is from Chelsea and we haven't talked to any clubs. It's no surprise that there is interest in Luka though, because he is a top, top player."

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