Redknapp: Spurs stars not for sale
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has vehemently warned Europe's big guns that Tottenham stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric are not for sale.
The latest step in Spurs' remarkable debut year in the Champions League comes tonight when Redknapp's men face the mammoth task of overhauling Real Madrid's 4-0 lead in the second leg of their quarter-final clash.
The importance of Tottenham qualifying for next year's Champions League was highlighted by recent financial results, which showed that the club's revenue increased 49% during the six months that followed their qualification to this season's competition.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy admitted that he would like to trim the squad, but Redknapp is adamant that does not mean he will have to sell the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, both of whom have been linked with big-money moves to some of Europe's most decorated clubs.
Asked whether he would have to sell the likes of Bale and Modric this summer, Redknapp said: "Not a chance. Absolutely rubbish. They've all got contracts, none of them are leaving.
"When Daniel said that we might have to trim the squad, he was talking about a lot of players on loan. That's what he is talking about."
No team in the history of the competition has been able to overturn a four-goal margin from a first-leg defeat, although three teams have managed it in other UEFA tournaments.
Bookmakers rate Spurs' chances of making the semi-finals as long as 50-1, but Redknapp believes the feat is possible.
"We are in a situation where everyone feels the tie is over but we know we are a good team and can play well here at White Hart Lane," Redknapp said.
"We know it will take a miracle but miracles can happen and we have to believe that we can give it our best shot tomorrow and if we play very well, you never know what will happen."