Redknapp expects to keep Modric
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has pleaded with Luka Modric to stay at White Hart Lane. Modric returned to training with the Tottenham yesterday for the first time since he made public his desire to leave Spurs for London rivals Chelsea.
The Blues had a £22m bid for the Croatian rejected three weeks ago and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has played hardball over the star's future since, insisting that he will not sell at any price. Levy was confident that Spurs would keep hold of their man after showdown talks on Wednesday, but Redknapp admitted yesterday that the influential playmaker was "confused" about his future.
The Tottenham boss insists that he needs players of Modric's calibre to reach the top-four place that escaped his team last year and is determined to hang onto the player. "He signed a contract here, we love him here and want him here. We don't want to sell our best players," Redknapp told Sky Sports News. "He's a special player for us. We want him here and need him here.
"He's walked in today (Thursday) and is happy, but the kid's a bit confused at the moment. Other teams want him but we want him here and I want to keep him. He loves playing here. It's a difficult situation for him and I understand where he's coming from. We can't kid ourselves."
Modric has five years to run on his contract and it is understood that he will not hand in a transfer request to push through a move to Stamford Bridge. While rumblings of Modric's future continued yesterday, one defender was being shown the exit at White Hart Lane.
Injury-plagued defender Jonathan Woodgate has been released from his contract after failing to agree a new pay-as-you-play deal. Woodgate joined Spurs in January 2008 from Middlesbrough but has been limited to just 65 appearances due to several serious injuries. The centre-back, who has eight England caps, has been linked with a move to QPR and former club Leeds.