Modric needs to play – Harry

Modric made himself unavailable for Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat at

Manchester United on Monday after telling Redknapp he was not

focused enough to play amid a reported £30million bid from

Chelsea for the player. Redknapp is growing tired of the

speculation surrounding the player, who has missed the club’s

opening two games of the season due to niggling ankle, groin and

hamstring injuries. The 64-year-old met with Daniel Levy on Tuesday

to discuss Modric’s future and the Spurs chairman gave Redknapp the

same assurance that he has given him all summer – that the Croatian

is staying. Modric did not train with his team-mates on Wednesday

morning, but could play in Thursday’s Europa League play-off second

leg against Hearts if Redknapp thinks he is fit and focused enough

to give a good performance. “The situation is that he is not for

sale,” Redknapp said. “Yesterday when I spoke to the chairman he

said Luka definitely wasn’t going and that was the end of the

matter as far as he was concerned. “Luka has to get on and play

now. I need him back playing. “Will he play tomorrow? Possibly. We

will see how his hamstring is on Thursday. Certainly I’m looking to

have him fit for the weekend against Man City.” Playing Modric in

Thursday clash – which Spurs lead 5-0 from the first leg – would

mean he would not be able to play in the Champions League for

Chelsea until February if he moves, but Redknapp could not care

less. “We are not in the Champions League so it won’t affect us,”

Redknapp added. “I’m not bothered about anyone else. He is here, we

love him, he is a great player so I need him back playing. “He has

to crack on with it now and I’m sure he will.” Redknapp also said

he would block Modric’s participation in Croatia’s Euro 2012

qualifier against Malta next week if he continues to miss

Tottenham’s matches. “He is not going to go away and play for his

country next week if he doesn’t play for Tottenham,” Redknapp said.

“Like all players, if they are not fit to play for their clubs they

will not be going off on international duty.” Redknapp is hoping to

seal a loan move for Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor

soon. His capture would prove to be a controversial one given the

striker’s controversial past and the fact that he used to play for

Arsenal, but Redknapp is confident his arrival would be good news

for Spurs. “He is a good player and he is a real talent,” Redknapp

said. “If we can get him at it he could be a big success as he has

a big point to prove. “People have played for both teams (Arsenal

and Spurs) before. “William Gallas came in here last year and did

well for us and the crowd took to him. “If he (Adebayor) comes here

and gets goals the fans will love him. If he doesn’t they’ll

slaughter him.” Redknapp was quick to dampen any speculation that

Adebayor’s possible arrival would lead to Peter Crouch leaving.

“Crouchy is a good player and a good lad,” Redknapp said. “There is

nothing there as far as I know and there’s nothing that I want to

happen.” One surprise arrival at White Hart Lane could be Joe Cole

after Redknapp revealed his admiration for the out-of-favour

Liverpool midfielder today. “I like Joe. I signed him as an

11-year-old (at West Ham),” Redknapp added. “We haven’t made any

enquiries about him but I wouldn’t sit here and say I wouldn’t have

him at the club because if I did I’d be lying.”