Luka ModriÄ”¡ won’t leave Spurs, insists Harry Redknapp

Tottenham boss rubbishes speculation linking the Croatian midfielder with a move to Chelsea

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has dismissed the possibility of Luka ModriÄ"¡ making a controversial switch to London rivals Chelsea

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has dismissed the possibility of Luka ModriÄ”¡ making a controversial switch to London rivals Chelsea.

Speculation linking the Croatian playmaker with a move to the reigning champions has been rife and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, a long-term admirer of the midfielder, is said to have targeted Modric in a bid to help to rejuvenate the ageing Blues’ midfield.

ModriÄ”¡, 25, joined Tottenham from Dinamo Zagreb for £16.5m in 2008 after signing a six-year deal at White Hart Lane.

“He is going nowhere,” said Redknapp. “He is just such a fantastic player, if we start selling Luka ModriÄ”¡ we may as well all go home.

“He’s a different class and he’s not going nowhere, not a chance, not a chance. He [Ancelotti] might have his eye on him but he isn’t going to get him that’s for sure.”

Redknapp also commented on the future of want-away striker Robbie Keane. The Republic of Ireland captain has fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane and a host of Premier League clubs have shown interest in the former Inter Milan forward. Redknapp, however, insists Spurs are still waiting for an offer for the forward.

“Robbie would like to move and he wants to play,” said Redknapp. “He is a boy who has played all his career. He is not used to not playing.

“He is still a top player and would grace most clubs. It’s just that he has been unfortunate with Rafa (van der Vaart) coming in and I’ve been playing one up with him.

The former Portsmouth manager added: “I have Defoe, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko and Robbie so it’s been difficult getting him in the team. I haven’t heard anything about any offers for him though.”

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