Chelsea’s signing of Juan Mata looks to have spelled the end of any deal for Tottenham’s Luka Modric, Harry Redknapp gave an interview to talkSPORT and also admitted he tried to bring Mata to White Hart Lane a few weeks ago. Modric has been subject of bids from Chelsea all summer but now thinks Chelsea will give up their pursuit of Modric.
“Chelsea have signed him?” he said. “I didn’t know that. Well, I would think that’s the end of the Modric deal then, surely. I would [think the Mata deal has killed the Modric move]. I had no idea about that.
“We tried to get [Mata] to be honest with you. We were in for him strong about three weeks ago.
“I was driving back from the pre-season game with Brighton and the chairman said that he was confident he was going to sign the boy that night.
“He obviously turned it down but [the Chelsea move] has come out of the blue.”
“I think Daniel [Levy] has said he will sit down with Luka in a month or so and have a chat with him and a look at his contract.
“I want to keep him for sure. I just felt that if he didn’t want to be here that much that maybe we might have to sell him. If people don’t want to play for you, you might have to sell him and go and get three or four players in.
“As a player I couldn’t be happier to keep Luka Modric, he’s a fantastic footballer and as I’ve said many times you couldn’t meet a nicer boy.”
So Harry is convinced that the Modric deal is now dead and he will be staying put but I am not so sure, Chelsea still have plenty of money to spend if they wish.Follow @TrfficTottenham