The rumours surrounding Harry Redknapp and the vacant England manager’s job have somewhat unsettled Tottenham’s triffic season and now it seems their midfield dynamo Luka Modric is becoming unsettled with rumours of the Spurs boss leaving come the summer.
The Daily Mirror reports Tottenham chiefs have been working on a new contract that will keep Modric at White Hart Lane for the next six years and will put him on a reported £140,000-a-week.
This decision come after interest in the summer from Chelsea – who offered Spurs a massive £40m for the Croatian but Spurs stood firm and a wise decision it turned out to be considering the season they have had – and after media rumours that Premier League powerhouse Manchester United also have Modric on their radar.
The contract talks are set to intensify at the end of the month but Modric is set to delay any deal until Redknapp’s future is resolved.
Redknapp has been strongly linked with the England job and has refused to deny his interest in taking over in the summer. This has unsettled Spurs who until the run of 3 successive defeats, a draw at home to Stoke and the 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge seemed assured of a top 3 finish. Now being overtaken by their North London rivals Arsenal, Spurs seem more likely to secure fourth place – although this is not a certainty – which after mounting a title challenge for majority of the campaign must be considered a pretty sizeable slip for any club.
Any refusal to sign from Modric or any hint that he is unhappy at Spurs will see renewed interest from Chelsea but if Spurs secure a place in the Champions League ahead of Chelsea surely any deal for the West London club would be difficult as Modric, like most, would want to play in the Champions League.
If Manchester United come calling however, Spurs will face a battle to keep the midfield playmaker as United may just have claimed their 20th league title and are guaranteed to challenge for trophies ever season.
Maybe it would be good for the sake of football if Spurs once again stick to their guns and refuse to become a selling club but honestly, how long can any club keep an unsettled player?
One thing is for certain, the Modric and Redknapp situation will determine how serious Spurs are about wanting to establish themselves as one of the ‘big clubs’ in England or will they settle for moderate success.
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