Defoe: Modric talk to continue

Modric was at the centre of one of the biggest transfer sagas of

the summer, with Chelsea seeing at least three bids rejected for

the wantaway Spurs playmaker, the last reportedly valued at

£40million. The speculation drove Tottenham boss Harry

Redknapp to distraction, causing him to brand the pre-season as his

worst ever in management. And striker Defoe today warned of more

misery to come in January, telling talkSPORT: “There’s always

speculation – it’s part and parcel of the game – and it will start

again in January.” Modric was desperate to join Chelsea and accused

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy of reneging on a promise to let him

leave. Team-mate Defoe added: “We just wanted the window to close,

and he’s here now and that’s that. “He’s just got to be

professional. You can’t go into games sulking because you’ll get

found out and let the team down. “But Luka’s a good professional

and, if you didn’t know there was speculation about him going and

you saw him about the place, you’d never know. “He’s been good. In

pre-season, maybe other players would have said, ‘I’ve got an

injury and I don’t want to play’, but he didn’t do that and I don’t

think there’s many players who would have done that. “Chelsea’s a

massive club and there was an opportunity for him but it didn’t

happen and now he’s got to get on with playing football because

he’s a big player for us.”