Levy threatened me – Modric

Modric, 25, has been the subject of a £22million bid from

London rivals Chelsea but Levy rejected the offer and insisted he

will not let Spurs’ key man leave, although the player himself

claims that stance has broken an agreement the two men struck up

last summer. “I reminded the chairman of our gentleman’s agreement

when we were in Dubrovnik last summer and I agreed a contract

extension with Tottenham,” Modric told Croatian newspaper Sportske

Novosti. “At that time, I had an open chat with Levy – that if a

bigger club came in with a concrete offer, we would consider it and

agree the best solution for all concerned. “Now Levy doesn’t want

to talk to me and said there is no possibility that I can leave

Spurs. He threatened me – he said if I didn’t accept the club’s

stance, they would make me sit on the bench or in the stands.” Levy

held crisis talks with Modric last week and reported immediately

afterwards that the player would remain at White Hart Lane, but the

former Dinamo Zagreb man had a different view on the success of the

discussions. “A lot has been published in the press about the

meeting with Levy, who gave the public a twisted account of what

happened. I must say that I am genuinely disappointed about what

Levy said to me. He didn’t care about what I was telling him. It

all only convinced me further that I was right to consider moving

on to another club,” he said. “I hope that eventually he will

understand the situation and that we will reach an agreement and go

our separate ways in an appropriate manner.” Modric maintains that

joining Chelsea would be a “dream” for him. “There is no doubt that

Chelsea want me – they sent a concrete offer to Tottenham,” he

added. “I know that the new Chelsea boss (Andre Villas-Boas) said

he wants me in his team. Of course I am flattered by this interest

in me – it’s a club that all players dream of joining, fighting for

every competition available. “It wasn’t a snap decision – I talked

a long time with my family and people whose opinions I respect. I

thought about it, weighed it all up, and finally decided this was

the best option,” he added.