Chelsea target Luka ModriÄ‡ is not for sale, insists Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp insists Tottenham Hotspur are not looking to sell attacking midfielder Luka ModriÄ‡, despite interest from Chelsea
Harry Redknapp insists Luka ModriÄ‡’s future remains at Tottenham Hotspur despite reported interest from Chelsea.
The Blues failed to lure ModriÄ‡ to Stamford Bridge during the summer as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich tested Spurs’ resolve with a reported £40m bid on deadline day in August.
And amid speculation Chelsea are now preparing a January swoop, Redknapp once again declared that the 26-year-old will be staying at White Hart Lane.
“Luka’s future is here,” he said. “No one is for sale. We are keeping our best players and if anything we will be adding to the squad not selling.
“That’s the message from me and the chairman [Daniel Levy]. We won’t be weakening this squad.
“If one or two positions open up where fringe players want to go then we will look at that but we are not going to sell our best players or anyone we want to keep.”
Meanwhile, the 64-year-old Spurs boss said he sympathised with Sir Alex Ferguson following Manchester United’s relegation to Europa League football following their shock Champions League exit in midweek.
“Sir Alex is right,” he said. “It is like a punishment for getting knocked out. Playing on Thursday and Sundays messes the week right up. It is not the correct way to prepare for a game.”
And Redknapp went on to criticise the format of Uefa’s two club competitions.
“It’s unbelievable,” he added. “I just don’t understand it or know why you go from one competition to the other. I don’t understand why it is not a straight knockout either because teams put weakened sides out in the group stages and it is just not fair on others.
“The Champions League was fantastic for Tottenham last year but you get the feeling some teams are only half interested in the qualifying games, like Manchester United perhaps.
“Maybe their fans think that way because they have been to the final so many times. I don’t think Alex will go hell for leather in Europe but they’ll come back firing in the league.
“The Premier League is now their priority and that is what they’ll focus on.”