Spurs deny Modric talks

The Croatia international’s future has been subject of speculation

this summer, which was fuelled further by the 25-year-old’s

admission last month that he would like to leave White Hart Lane

for pastures new. There were reports on Tuesday that Modric would

meet chairman Levy to discuss his future but it is now believed

that no such meeting has been scheduled. It is understood that

Modric has yet to return from his summer holidays and is not due

back in the United Kingdom until Thursday, with no meetings slated

for his return. Modric has been mooted this summer as a potential

target for both Manchester clubs and Chelsea, leading the playmaker

to admit that he would like to leave Harry Redknapp’s side for

Stamford Bridge. The Zadar-born midfielder’s comments were met with

a firm rebuffal from Spurs, with Levy announcing in a statement

that the midfielder was not for sale at any price. “I wish to make

it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our

key players will be sold this summer,” he said. “We are building a

team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and

retaining quality players is crucial to that. “In respect of Luka

Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea

Football Club or any other club. “We made our stance on this issue

abundantly clear in writing to Chelsea. They chose to ignore it and

then subsequently made the offer public. “For the avoidance of any

doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any

negotiations whatsoever, with any club, regarding Luka.” While Levy

insisted that the club considered the “matter closed”, Modric has

continued to be linked with a move away from north London. Modric

joined Tottenham from Dinamo Zagreb in a £16.5million move

three years ago and has since established himself as a key player

for the club, performing with aplomb in the Premier League and last

season’s Champions League campaign.