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Why It’s Time For Tottenham Hotspur to Sell Luka Modric

luka modric1 Why Its Time For Tottenham Hotspur to Sell Luka Modric

Despite Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp saying that Luka Modric is not for sale and picking him for Sunday’s squad against Manchester City, I still think Spurs should sell him.

All summer we have endured the Luka Modric transfer saga. Modric has made it very clear that he wishes to leave Tottenham and move to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea made two attempts to lure him away and a third appears to be on the way. Before this drama began Modric signed a new contract on May 30, 2010, which extended his stay until 2016. After the signing he clearly stated his desire to stay at Tottenham and had no interest in playing for any other Premier League team. He went on to further state that Spurs gave him his shot at English football and he wanted to repay them for that chance and build a future at Tottenham. I think money and the stardom of being associated with Chelsea are the main reasons for his desire to leave. Tottenham have been firm in their position that Modric will not be sold. However, I think Spurs should sell Modric to Chelsea and take the cash to invest in future players and bring an end to this drama.

Luka Modric has become a popular player at Tottenham among the supporters. Fans and the management have been very firm in their determination to keep the midfielder at the club. Daniel Levy believes Modric — with other key players — are critical to the future of the club. The feeling being if Modric is sold other players will follow thus exposing a weakness in the management of the club. I think holding onto a player who no longer wants to play for you and wants to leave is more of a liability than holding onto him.

Luka Modric is a talent player, I don’t question that position. I think people forget that players can be replaced and one individual doesn’t make a team. Modric is quick at passing, a good link man; He can play in attacking and defending roles well and has good chemistry with the other players on the field. However, Modric isn’t a good goal scoring threat and his assists have been limited as well. Modric has appeared in 91 league matches and has scored 9 goals for Spurs. Modric is a good player but he isn’t the midfield goal scorer like a Frank Lampard, David Silva or Cesc Fabregas. In looking at the last two seasons with Arsenal, Fabregas had a combined 18 goals with 19 assists in 52 league matches. I think that is something that needs to be addressed. Modric can be replaced and there are a vast array of talented individuals out there to select. With the sale of Modric and other surplus players Tottenham could bring in a few more players. Currently Lassana Diarra has been mentioned in the press. In addition there is some discussion concerning the possible move of Joe Cole from Liverpool to Tottenham. It was announced during the Hearts match that Iago Falque will be joining Spurs on loan from Juventus. Falque along with another midfielder signing would fill the gap by Modric’s departure.

Currently Modric is in discussions with Daniel Levy concerning his future at the club. Although Levy has repeated his stance that Modric is not for sale, there are some reports of softening his stance. Harry has stated that Modric’s departure could be good for the club. Supposedly Chelsea will offer 30 million and Daniel Sturridge on loan for a year. With the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor on loan for the year and the possibility of Sturridge for the season as well, I say take it. Tottenham would have money in the bank and two quality strikers and cash to spend as they see fit. If Levy stands back and looks at this from a business perspective — without all the passion or concern of looking strong or weak — this great deal is what the club needs and it’s staring him in the face.

Football is a team sport and Modric was part of that team that failed to reach the Champions League. It’s fair to blame him and the other players for not reaching that goal. In addition he did sign a new contract pledging himself to the club after they failed to reach the Champions League. There has been a great deal of discussion concerning the “gentlemen’s agreement” of the contract. Supposedly if another club was to offer more money or a better deal than a transfer could be considered. I haven’t seen this agreement so I don’t what it really says or doesn’t and I doubt anyone does except the parties involved. But Modric did pledge his future and loyalty to the club and appears he doesn’t respect the contract and along with reports of him refusing to play or going on strike until Levy gives in. So, supporters and the club want to hold onto a player that breaks his promise and refuses to play until he gets what he wants. I think there needs to be an evaluation of this dilemma.

The club and supporters must ask at what point does holding onto a player who doesn’t want to stay begins to create more problems. The player and club relationship is like any other relationship. If one party no longer wants to be involved in the relationship what good comes from forcing the person to stay? In the end both individuals will be miserable and then it will begin to affect everyone and everything around the two parties. You wouldn’t force a couple to stay together if one of them wanted to leave. What would be the purpose? The same is true in this situation. What any club wants are players who are committed to the club and its future and Modric isn’t part of that anymore. It is time to cut their losses before the real damage is done. Samir Nasir and Cesc Fabregas both wanted to leave Arsenal even though the club wanted them to stay but in the end they both left. There is still time to sell him and purchase new replacements before the transfer window closes.

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59 Responses to Why It’s Time For Tottenham Hotspur to Sell Luka Modric

  1. StuW says:

    So you think Spurs should sell one of their best players with less than a week left in the transfer window?

    Do you really think that Diarra, Joe Cole, Parker or a loan signing from Juventus can replace him? If that was the case, why aren’t Chelsea after them instead? The simple answer is they aren’t as good.

    Daniel Levy has chosen to draw a line in the sand here, not just for the sake of keeping this one player but also with the intention of showing clubs who think they can bully him into selling Bale, Sandro, Van Der Vaart etc that it won’t be that easy.

    If Luka Modric wishes to play a game of transfer chicken, he’s chosen the wrong opponent in Daniel Levy.

  2. Rob says:

    Out of all the bad pieces on this whole stupid affair this is perhaps the worst, even including the Daily Mail rubbish. Tottenham SHOULD NOT sell Modric and they won’t. If you, Matthew, wish to keep this dead story alive somehow that’s your choice. But maybe you should stop writing this crap (which needs substantial editing for grammar and spelling by the way) and grow up.

    • Matthew says:

      Wow, must have hit a nerve. You are touchy. By the way dishing out insults only shows you to be person who lacks any Intelligence or personality. If you think Modric is a god that is your business but next time try supporting your case instead of acting like a fool.

  3. RICK says:

    GREED !!

  4. Schumel Abraham says:

    Tottenham have no class and can learn a thing or two from Arsenal. Daniel Lvey is nothing but a slave driver. I guess one man(Modric) is bigger than the entire team. Kudos to Arsenal shame on you Spurs

    • Adamindallas says:

      I’d have to disagree with that slightly. I’m pretty certain that Cesc Fabregas’ transfer lasted a little longer than a couple of months. I think they drug that one out for a couple of years even though they knew Cesc wanted to leave. It doesn’t seem that Arsenal just up and sold Cesc as soon as they knew he wanted to leave. If that were true, he’d have been sold in 2009. I will say that Fabregas handled not being sold very professionally.

    • Joe says:

      Yea, God forbid the man honor a contract he signed less than two years ago. Let’s all just bend over like Arsenal do every week on the pitch and every transfer window in the board room.

  5. Hotspur123 says:

    Modric hasn’t stated that he wants to leave Tottenham and also he’s actually said that he’s happy to stay at Spurs, so this article is just another journalist in the wrong.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Quotes from Luka Modric:

      “I would like to go to Chelsea. A lot of players would like to go there and play for Chelsea because it is one of the best clubs in the world, and so do I. I would like to play there. But we will see what will happen. Chelsea are a great club, they play in the Champions League every year, they have great players, they are ambitious and have an ambitious owner who wants to invest in the club and make it win the Champions League, the Premier League and other titles.

      “They are going in a great direction and everything about the club is very good. They [Chelsea] are the only one who sent an offer and they are at the moment my first choice.”

      Source: The Guardian at http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/jun/17/luka-modric-tottenham-chelsea

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

    • Matthew says:

      Hotspur123, You need to read a little bit more and stay current.

  6. Jamie says:

    @Schumel Abraham

    Your comment is almost as much of a joke as the article itself.

    Fabregas was trying to move from Arsenal for 3 years before they sold him.

  7. Dan says:

    We need to sell modric… if we can get around 35 mil for him that would open up so many more opportunities for future talent to come through. Im sorry modric is a good player but he lacks the ability to score and create goals, which we really needed last year. If we bought a quality striker, a solid defender, and a solid midfielder, we should be easy a top four team. Instead, we have to sell before we buy and we can’t make any deals because levy has got a stick up his ass and just takes players on loan instead of buying a quality player.

    • James says:

      Lacks the ability to create goals? I’m sorry but if you think the midfield can either rely on Thudd to play the central playmaking role or VDV or Niko, or god forbid Joe Cole or Scott Parker, or even Lass, then you’re crazy. Tottenham will get destroyed in the center of the pitch without Luka, especially selling him this late in the window. If we sell him this late in the window it turns into Berba pt. 2.

  8. Spurs4life says:

    Sell Modric, lose Bale.

    Lose Bale, lose any hopes of ever being a good team in the next 4 yrs.

    United, City, Liverpool, Chelsea have all spent big this summer. Spurs have “spent big” in keeping Bale and Modric. Those are like quality transfers.

  9. Kevin says:

    @Schumel Abraham – Levy’s a slave driver? I may be wrong but i wasn’t aware slaves got paid 45k a week to do something they love….

    @The Gaffer – Quotes from Luka Modric from a news paper…Cause Newspapers have never come out with crap before have they. Newspapers have always taken one quote from an individual and made it look like they sat down for an hour and spoke to them. Unless you’ve seen and heard Luka saying these things on tv or in person, you should’t bank on whats being printed as gospel truth. I mean, according to about 6 newspapers, Modric is on strike…i thought the point of a strike was not to work at all, not to miss one game because of “head not being right” and then play a week later.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Kevin, this is not a tabloid we’re talking about. It’s The Guardian.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • oldun says:

        WHAT A SENSE OF HUMOUR.

        What a sense of humour the Gaffer has inferring that as The Guardian is not a tabloid it must only publish the unblemished,verifiable truth. The Guardian is a very leftwing paper with a miniscule circualtion. It is a loss making paper only kept alive by public sector advertising. i.e. if it wasn’t for the taxpayer it would fold at any time. Now this “interview” was held when and where. You must know this as you appear to verift it’s veracity. Isn’t it amazing that there is no footage or soundrecording of any of these “statements” by Modric. I wonder why that is but no doubt your flying fingertips will post all the answers, virtually instaneously, so that we may marvel at the fount of information. I will then stand in aw of the fantastic and prviledged feat of being addressed by Gaffer, condfidante of stars. On the other hand you could be just pontificating and swallowing unsubstantiated facts. In that case you ar5te beneath the contempt of neutral fans. Blimey.I thought the article was poor before reading the input of one who deems himself the Gaffer. A peer of the late Brian Clough. The Gaffer-mind the doorframe as you slide through.

        • The Gaffer says:

          Newspaper circulation is down for The Guardian (but it’s down for almost every other newspaper out there). Their website traffic has more than 37 million unique visitors each month from around the world, so they’re hardly “miniscule.”

          If you think The Guardian would include a direct quote in one of their articles without fact checking it to make sure it was legitimate, you’re out of touch with reality.

          Cheers,
          The Gaffer

  10. Peter Bowden says:

    @ Dan i remember the same tired reasons for selling a player being rolled out before Berbatov went to united, they are a falsehood and serve only to keep the faithful quiet while accepting mediocrity. It is ridiculouis to believe that a team can gain success by selling its best players and replacing them with two or three diluted versions. @ Samuel, deflection is a classic psychological sympton that you are displaying, though i’m probably wasting my ‘breath’ telling you that as i doubt its possible to get a rizla paper between the I Q s of you and Jedward. To the author of the erroneous riddled article Matthew Barnette, I’m sure Daniel Levy can do without your advice, it seems clear from the lack of balance and fact in your article that you are a Chelsea fan and as such are blind to the true facts surrounding the financial position of your club. Chelsea have made a loss year on year of nearly eighty million pounds since Abramovich took over. Fortunately Abramovichs vast wealth has been able to copewith such huge operating losses. Spurs however have made a profit year on year so any financial advice coming from you or any chelsea fan is worthless.

    • Matthew says:

      Sorry not a Chelsea fan. I have been Spurs fan for about 15 years. What you have said has nothing to do with the article. If you want have a soapbox I suggest writing your own story. I would love to hear your thoughtful insight. Just to let you know every bit is research to the most current date. Lack of balnace, its call analysis and stating an opinion and supporting it. It seems that passion and a lack of sense it controling your thought process. I am sorry to get between you and your boyfriend Levy.

  11. Frank says:

    Modric wants to go to Chelsea and he has said so on a few occassions recently. He has met with Levy and made it clear that if a club like Chelsea made an offer he would go to them. Chelsea have tried to buy him by making a couple of offers to Spurs but both were rejected. Now that Chelsea have signed Mata I’m not sure they are desperate to sign Modric anymore. Then again Roman is a different beast.

    I wouldn’t be surprised that Manchester United don’t make a last minute offer and sign him.

  12. Matthew says:

    Some of you really need to think before you open your mouth. Better to be thought a fool then to open your mouth and confirm it. Modric’s desire to leave Spurs Chelsea is will documented. As The Gaffer has stated in The Guardian. Other sources as well. I am not sure what politics has to with it. The Guardin is a leftist paper. What does have to with sports? I have heard the typical knee- jerk responses. It is a shame some people can’t discuss a topic without getting so dam offended. It’s like talking about religion and politics. Grow up act like adults instead of little kids and think with your brain and not head up your ***. If you disagree that is great but do it in a intelligent fashion and if you need help with the word look it up. Benjamin Franklin, “Passion governs, and she never governs wisely.”

  13. duncath says:

    I am sure that if Chelsea put in a real offer instead of trying to lowball spurs that they will accept. Given that the window is closing, there is no reason to let one of your best players leave for anything less than a phenomenal offer. How else will they be able to replace him on short notice? As for the player being disgruntled, they can always have him train alone for now. I reject the argument that spurs are a poorer team with an unhappy modric in the team compared with replacing him with someone else.

  14. Nelson says:

    Spurs’ mentality this summer is do or die. If they don’t make CL then Modric and Bale are sure to go. Arr has already stated that if they were to sell Modric it would never happen at the end of the transfer window. He said he wouldn’t commit another Berbatov type transfer. Selling Modric to build for the future is not an option.

  15. Tommysunshine says:

    Echoing earlier correspondence, this article is so ignorant and ill-informed that I had to read it twice to make sure that Matthew got the correct sport. Gaffer, why do you give a platform to these colossal clowns who know literally nothing about the game. If Modric departs the Lane, it will have a domino effect on spurs that will paralyze the club.
    Looks like Luka is staying, so not only is Matthew spectacularly wrong on the outcome as well as the issue.
    Reading this rubbish gave me a headache and at times I was persuaded to cancel my Time Warner internet connection.Poor show Gaffer. Matthew, do please go away and learn how to write words and read the game.

    • Matthew says:

      It’s only ignorant and rubbish by your standards and seeing what you have wrote I will consider that a huge complainant. I am glad you got a headache. I will continue to write so I can have the privilege to help you with more head trauma. Considering your grammar I would recommend an ESL class for you. I am hoping next will throw your computer out the window. Intellectual midgets like you demonstrate what is wrong with the country. To be serious for a moment you’re too stupid to realize this is an opinion piece. As if I would take writing advice from someone called Tommysunshine. Enjoy the sun Tommy.

      • Tommy Sunshine says:

        Matthew, YOU are telling ME I should go to grammar school. Who needs comedy?!
        seriously, you are not a spurs fan and you do not want them to do well. You are probably a clueless buffoon who supports arsenal or Chelsea depending what game is being shown on the TV. This would, in of itself, be insignificant, except you are being given a platform to parade your unoriginal, misinformed drivel in a style that is reminiscent of those inebriated tramps one encounters when one travels on public transport in the early hours of the morning during the weekend. This site frequently attracts brainless commentators but you may well be the most offensive, certainly the least knowledgable.

        Matthew, may Hurricane Irene hit you with the tree of footballing wisdom.

        Tommy Sunshine

        • Matthew says:

          Thank you for a good laugh. I love getting guys like on here. I love listening to individuals like you. I didn’t say grammar school I said an ESL class you need to read more closely. Are you on your period? The only thing your pissed about is the topic. I would have more respect for you if you had presented a polite and respectful response instead of your rant. Funny thing I have been a Spurs fan for 15 years and I play soccer as well. All I did was present a opinion about an on going story. You can’t criticism of any kind and the worst this wasn’t even about you. Dam what do you do a person who has an argument with you? I pity anyone who disagrees with you. You take things way to personally, you need to chill out.

    • Matthew says:

      The problem with individuals like you is that you only read and listen to what you want to hear. If it is not to your liking your throw a tantrum like a little kid. I am assuming your adult but I could be wrong. Your probable like those idiots who only listen to political views that reflect your own and crucify the other side. All because you can’t stand anyone to disagree with you. What a sad little man you are or are you.

  16. Matthew says:

    Oh Mr. Tommysunshine, I almost forgot don’t get your panties all messed up. I understand it’s that time of the month for you.

  17. Matthew says:

    It was reported by Jason Burt of The Daily Telegraph August 25 following the meeting with Modric and Levy that Modric stated he no longer wished to play for Spurs. Modric once again told Levy his desire to move to Chelsea before the transfer window closes. There are discussions of 40 million being offered for the player. All jokes aside and being serious, ask yourself this question? Is it best to hold onto a player who clearly has no desire to play for the club? I am a Spurs supporter and I want them to do well. However, I am concerned about having a player who wants to leave. Think about this. If he does stay, will he be a productive player, will there still be bitterness, will it cause long terms difficulties for the club? For a team trying to achieve greater glory this could be a serious problem. I think those real concerns. I was trying to have a serious discussion but many would rather make insults to make themselves feel better or more important, fine if you got insecurity issues or problems that is your business. Like I have always said either put up or shut up. Submit your own story and lets see what is roaming around in your head.

  18. CTBlues says:

    I think Levy is trying to keep Luka because he wants to be able to to say haha Wenger I was able to keep my stars and you couldn’t. But on a serious note I think 40m pounds is way over priced and think Chelsea should rotate Lamps, Yossi, and McEachran and look for another young player cheaper. Also if Chelsea holds out would could have another Cesc saga and Chelsea could end up getting him for less like Barca did with Cesc.

  19. Matthew says:

    I think it’s an unsettled issue and clearly he doesn’t want to be at Spurs. If it does become prolonged, your right they could get less for him. Plus, it could do damage to club unity.

  20. Dunkstar says:

    The article does reflect what a lot of people are thinking. Whether it is a good idea to keep your best players after they have expressed a desire to leave is indeed a matter of huge debate that stems much further than Luka Modric. @ Matthew- after having said that I don’t think you have conducted yourself well at all to the people who took time to read your article and even comment on it . As you said it is an opinion piece and others may have their opinion on the matter even if their opinion is just that your article stinks and don’t bother to substantiate. You as the author should rather ask why they feel that way and encourage debate than just merely insult and alienate them, destroying the thread and starting to argue over things like who’s grammar is worse. I hope this response doesn’t earn to many **** from you…

    • Matthew says:

      If you thought I was unpleasant to a couple of people, fine. However, I provided no false information. All my source material is documented and researched before writing. But many of the comments were just personal comments directed at me and had nothing really do with the story. As I said earlier many are thinking with their passion and not their head. To be fair do you really think some guy telling me it gave him a headache and he wanted to disconnect his internet over it the story, is that a serious comment? Plus, hardly anyone told me why is was a bad idea. Some didn’t provide any serious analysis to why is it a bad idea. I have been doing this for many years. I can tell an educated reponse and that of a person who is lacking upstairs. There are comments and then are serious comments. So, I would have to disagree with you to a point. In the end there is a point where you just have laugh sometimes.

  21. Dunkstar says:

    I am a big fan of forums and intelligent debate and I can understand your frustration over a response that lacks valid counter points. My point is just to either ignore those responses or encourage them to tell you why and it will stay on topic. The moment the author starts mudslinging the main topic goes out the window. Admittedly my own responses now are adding to the problem.

  22. Matthew says:

    Normally I just let it go or I do ask them to explain themselves. However, I wasn’t having a good day and I allowed that to spill over into this and I know better. You called me on it and that is fair and right.

  23. David says:

    Gaffer, I am all for allowing anyone to write for EPL Talk. But could you please ensure that those who write, like Mr Barnett, at least do so by being grammatically correct. All word processors have a spell-check and grammar check so why not use them. I don’t have a problem with posters responding to the original article making spelling and grammatical mistakes but it really is annoying to have the original article written so poorly. Maybe I’m old-school, but surely EPL should have some minumum standards.

  24. Matthew says:

    Please cite a list of your complaints.

  25. Ringo says:

    I thought the article offered a fair perspective on a highly contentious issue. The responses to the comment section by the author though are comedy. Grow some thicker skin man.

    I think Levy’s making a gamble by keeping hold of Modric and turning down the money but, for now, it’s one worth making. He can watch until January to see how Modric acts and if he will be a professional for the club. In January, Modric’s value will (unless he gets injured) be even higher than it is now, as prices always get hiked up during the mid-season window. Or, perhaps Chelsea will have found another player or decided they don’t want him anymore, which would support Levy’s desire. Either way, he will have a better vantage point and better options. It’s too late in the window now to sell and bring in an adequate replacement. Bringing in Parker and/or Lass would provide good insurance for the meantime and leave him with options come January should he decide it’s time to move on from Luka. I think Levy is in the unenviable situation of walking a tightrope here, but he’s doing just fine so far in my book.

    • Matthew says:

      As I said earlier I allowed a couple of individuals get the best of me and that is on me. But I think in January something may happen.

  26. Matt says:

    Selling him would be a disaster. It’s a ridiculous notion that selling him is for the best. How exactly does a team progress by selling their best player? There aren’t loads of replacements for him floating around, and Tottenham cannot attract/afford the wages of a player as good as modric. That is why it is essential they build around him and bale, the stars that they developed themselves.

    Selling a star player sometimes makes financial sense for a club, but it absolutely DOES NOT for Spurs. They have funds available and haven’t been able to spend them for whatever reason, adding more just means more money sitting around doing nothing for the club. Especially when you consider that selling him now would leave almost no time to find replacements this window.

    Yeah it sucks having a player that wants a move, but he will come around when the window closes. Why? Because he hasn’t got a choice. He will have to at least play until January, and probably should play well if he wishes to keep the interest of other clubs. He probably shouldn’t have signed a six year contract if he didn’t want to be around long. I guess he forgot that contracts work both ways. It’s a real shame that he is legally bound to earn 60-70k pw whether he plays good or bad, is healthy or injured. He has been pretty shameful for someone who has spoken about loyalty numerous times and signed a 10 yr contract at Zagreb because he was loyal and wanted them to get a high price IF they wanted to sell him. Something has changed him. Its probably that disgrace for a human being called Kia.

    • Matthew says:

      I think it is too close to the window but watch in January. From what I saw today with Modric was a person going through the motions. I didn’t see a lot of passion or drive in him, his mind was elsewhere. He wants to leave and with their defeat today that will add more fuel to it. I don’t agree in selling off your best players but in certain cases it maybe advised to do so. As of yet their is no proof other players will follow. No one can see the future.

  27. Nelson says:

    Selling him wouldn’t make much sense at this point, despite the lack luster performance against City today. However I’m not sure he is going to be as good as last year with Chelsea hanging over his head. Even if they could guarantee replacing him with someone during this window, who would be comparable without the massive wages. Kaka is a rumor but how could Spurs possibly afford those wages?

  28. Matthew says:

    Harry reported around 11:30am that Modic was begging not to play. What should that tell us about his desire to play for the team? I know the window is about the close. Do it on Monday or wait until January if anyone is still interested. So, this is the player everyone wants to hold onto. Forget about other players leaving this guy has no wish to play for Spurs.

    • Nelson says:

      Yes he wants to move to Chelsea. But I think his “begging” not to play is his agent giving him advice on how to engineer a greater chance of being sold. When the window closes he should be giving it his all. Let’s just hope he is mentally sound.

  29. Ap says:

    Lot of mistakes in this article. Plus, this “article” could have been written in one sentence.

  30. Shmeedy24685 says:

    Just let him leave, he was awful against city, who i support :) his head is thinking he should be a chelsea player, he doesn’t think he is a spurs player anymore, he told Harry Redknapp that he did not want too play 2 hours before kick off! his head is not right & he will not be the same player as he was last season unless he is allowed too leave, i feel sorry for the spurs fans, if spurs allow Modric too leave, then maybe Bale will wake up one day & think that spurs will have no chance of champions league, and if he really is a good player then he also will want too leave!

  31. Matthew says:

    I think a very fair argument can be made that the only reason as to why Man. City are where they are in the league is due to deep pockets of the owners. Players who are good and want big wages go to Man. Cityt. If not for the money I don’t think they would be at the club. It will be interesting to see if all those talented individuals can be happy not starting all the time.

  32. scrumper says:

    What Harry has said is someone has got to him and promised vast wages at Chelsea and his head has been turned. When Harry starts talking about a player in such terms he’s on his way out (remember Bent?). I’m certain Harry wants him to go now and is publicly putting it out there to convince Levy. Why would he play him on Sunday? To prove to Levy he needs to go and he won’t be the same player if he stays, therefore, Spurs are playing the “wide boy” game and hoping to maximise the price at the eleventh hour. They want 40M but have probably marked out 36-38M as acceptance offer. Levy is no fool and he knows Chelsea can be tempted. Modric is a big hole to fill but thirty some million can buy 2-3 players.

  33. Caz says:

    The article is correct although now the transfer window has closed so dosent matter or cant be changed, but the underlying theme of the article regarding Levy is bang on , ” we cant sell Modric because then everyone will leave “and the fans will be looking at the management for revenge, that will happen now anyway Modric will be difficult now that he has been ripped off.
    Croats aren’t exactly not famous for being stubborn, may have something to do with almost 1000 years of war of conflict in Croatian history usually from outside attempted invasions they are a tough and resilient people Lukas family I tell you right now will say f that Levy Luka play up and make him pay .

  34. DoublePivot says:

    While I can understand his stance, the fact of the matter is that according to soccernomics he should have been sold. I am almost religiously ardent about the rules of the transfer market laid out in the econometric book. And #1 is that everybody is not for sale until a valuation is hit and then EVERYBODY is for sale.

    We didn’t do that. When they hit 40 as the rumor has it, Modric should have been off to West London.

    No, nobody can pull in opposition players like Modric leaving space for other players, but you can find that skill.

    The issue with that rule, is that is goes hand-in-hand with another of the rules. Have your replacement before you sell. For Modric, we have a number of kids nearly ready in the likes of Mason, Carrol, Luongo, Townsend, etc. Are any on them ready yet? I would think not, so we needed to go into the market to get them. Shaquiri was reported to be as cheap as 7 million euro and had we bought him, the sale could have happened. Ericksen, another link, probably wants bigger than us and would have been a lot of money. Either way, we didn’t get them before hand. That would have been a massive mistake.

    The only way the last second sale could have worked would have been to reduce the 40 asked (and I think offered) to say 35 and demand McEachran in exchange. There you get your valuation and your replacement in one fail swoop.

    My worry about Levy is that he appreciates Money Ball and tries to run the club according to its principals, but in the long run fails often to stick to them. Here was the case. We knew Chelsea would eventually hit the mark, but we failed to secure a replacement. And we were too busy thinking selling means weakness. But Lyon, when they were the best run team in Europe, during the 90′s, would have sold him and still won the title and made the quarter finals of the CL. They showed that selling is strength.

    I believe Modric will do fine this year. He needs to keep interest in him high. But the 40 million we spent on him could have bought us Shaquiri, Toivenen, Ba, Fofana, Barta and Ron-Rob Ziegler.

    • DoublePivot says:

      But Lyon, when they were the best run team in Europe, during the 90′s, would have sold him

      meant to say 00′s. Dumb

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