Modric is being courted by Real Madrid but Tottenham refuse to budge on their asking price. THT points out how Spurs could have handled the transfer request better.

The Luka Modric transfer saga just refuses to end. It reminds us a lot about the Cesc Fabregas transfer last year. The Croatian finds himself in the same situation as he was at this point last year. Only the interested club has changed to Real Madrid from Chelsea. While it is pretty clear, Modric wishes to leave Tottenham Hotspur, as he wished last year,Ai?? it is still unclear if he will make this move at least this year.

This deal hinges on only one detail and that is money. Daniel Levy wants a A?40m deal for his most prized possession. While PSG are rumored to be ready to pay the necessary amount, Modric is interested to move only to Real Madrid, who are offering only A?31m including add-ins. While Florentino Perez refuses to budge from his offering, Levy is clearly fishing for more.

Last year Chelsea offered A?40m and Modric handed in a transfer request. But, Tottenham Hotspur refused to entertain any deals for Modric. The Croatian tried hard to move but failed in his endeavours and had to be content with playing for Spurs. He never complained and gave it his all and led Spurs to a fourth place finish in the Premier League, a Champions’ League spot, if Chelsea would not have had the coveted trophy. This year, Real Madrid have come calling. And, he is their only big transfer target.

Modric

Modric : True Professional

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From Modric’s perspective, he stayed put last year to help Spurs vie for the Champions’ League spot after lengthy conversations with both Redknapp and Levy. When the League started, Modric was still nor ready to compete. Harry Redknapp was brutally frank when he admitted that the Croat was not in the right frame of mind. But, as a couple of weeks passed by, Modric came back and played as he always does, as if nothing had happened. He put the transfer period behind him and demonstrated his professionalism. It is this professionalism and a gesture of goodwill which Modric thought would be taken into account when Real Madrid came calling. But, it was not meant to be.

On the other side of London, a similar story emerged. Robin van Persie came out with a statement stating that his future lay else where forcing himself into the transfer market. Arsenal and Arsene Wenger were caught off guard but they did not panic. They came out with a simple statement conveying the message that van Persie would be on the transfer market. But, there is a great deal of difference between how Arsenal and Spurs handled the transfer request.

While Arsenal were clear that van Persie would not tour with them in the pre-season, Spurs were adamant on Modric joining them. It speaks volumes about Wenger’s managerial skills. It is hard to understand why exactly Villas-Boas and Daniel Levy wanted Modric to join the tour to the USA when he clearly was not in the right frame of mind. It is hard for a player to give his all on the training pitch or on a competitive match when his heart is set somewhere else. His presence may also be a disruptive influence on the team, which has been revitalized with the signing of Villas-Boas. Clearly, Modric deserved some respect and permission to stay away from the tour and set his priorities straight after what all he has given to Spurs.

Modric is generally considered to be one of the most professional players in the league. Even when Chelsea were banging on his doors, Modric maintained his dignity, let the club handle the matter and never complained when the club rejected the deal. It was a symbol of the highest professionalism. But, Levy pushed Modric too much. Modric may have started to feel that his service to the club was being unrewarded when Levy flatly refused Real Madrid’s bid for him. Could Levy have done more? Maybe, yes. He could have kept negotiations open instead of being so staunch, which in a way was belittling Modric’s ambitions.

Modric is considered to be one of the finest playmakers of this era and his performance against Spain in the Euros further enhanced his image in the football world. His ability to control the tempo of the game, without any flashiness and keeping the game simple has earned many admirers over the years. He is now 26, at the peak of his abilities. It is clear that Spurs are hampering his intentions of winning major trophies by playing hardball with Real Madrid.

In a transfer deal, if the player has not expressed any desire to move and if a bid has come for such a player, it makes sense to hang on to the player and quote a fixed price. But, with Modric, it is clearly not the case. Spurs don’t have the leverage to keep Modric at their club. It doesn’t help matters when Villas-Boas speaks about meeting Modric’s asking price and assures that Modric will stay put in case their asking price is not met. It clearly is disrespecting a player who has given his all for the club. The fine imposed doesn’t help matters. Even, Rafael van der Vaart has come out and admitted Modric’s desire to move to Real Madrid is understandable. It shows that even the players respect Modric’s intentions. But, clearly Spurs don’t.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, refuse to budge because they know that they have the upper hand with Modric openly admitting his interest in joing the Casa Blanca. The transfer saga has come to a stand still. Neither Spurs nor Madrid seem to be losing any sleep over it. But, the person who is getting affected is clearly Modric. With no clear future in sight, the Croatian will have to endure a few more sleepless nights before a winner is declared.

Clearly, Spurs can learn a thing two or two from their North London rivals about handling a star player’s transfer request. Spurs and Luka Modric both look to win this round. But, it all depends on the referee – Real Madrid.

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18 Responses to “Modric Or Tottenham Hotspur – With Real Madrid Waiting, Who Will Win?”

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  1. Spurs101 says:

    Such a biased article. He signed a contract – he wants to leave and has been told he can if a certain fee (cliamed to be £35 million is paid) he will still be at Spurs for the next 4 years if no-one bids enough for him so YES he should of been on the tour with the rest of the team. If Madrid were really after Modric 100% they would not of came in so low and let Spurs know they were not going to meet our price. He is a great player and is worth £35 if he only had 2 years left so step up Madrid and end this. In the meantime he needs to be professional and give 100% to Spurs – Striking is not professional!

  2. Paul Morris says:

    Rizwan is obsessed with formations and tactics. But has no idea whatsoever about contracts. Real Madrid know they have the upper hand????? Modric is contracted to Tottenham for four more years. It was obviously a typo, should have read “Spurs have the upper hand” as any other conclusion is wrong and suggests the author should be tested for banned substances. If the chairman of RM thinks the same as you, he is in urgent need of help.Visit Earth sometime, its a nice place, you’ll love it.

  3. Billy says:

    Simple thing to remember here, we have a price so if you don’t want to pay it then Madrid so walk away, would you sell CR7 under your valuation? No I don’t think you would! Midric has 3 years in his contract that’s the difference with RVP, don’t under estimate Levy

  4. ONE WHO REMEMBERS ETHICS says:

    “Modric deserved some respect and permission to stay away from the tour and set his priorities straight after what all he has given to Spurs.” So Real Madrid can set the price for Modric and Modric should decide whether he would deign to travel to the USA as per his contract of employment. What a biased, deluded and somewhat shameful apology of an article. I remember when Real Madrid were admired for their ethics and tradicition. How sad to see their underhanded and corrupt practices in encouraging a player CONTRACTED to another club ro renege on his obligation. The only entity lower than Real Madrid seems to be the writer of this digusting “article” How the mighty have fallen. Didn’t realise that gutters ran so low.

  5. Jay says:

    Good article, well written. Unlike the rest of the rubbish articles, you took the non-bias perspective on how Spurs are belittling Modric once again. They ruined the team by not opting to buy STAR players last term and solidifying their place in the EPL. Now, they will forever be hanging around 5-6th spot in the league, because without Modric, the team has no potential.

  6. Mike Hunt says:

    The very important difference you appear to have missed (or at least failed to mention) is that RVP is in the final year of his contract, whereas Modric still has 4 years left on his. If Madrid want him, they’ll have to pay the asking price, otherwise Spurs are completely within their rights to keep hold of their player.

    As for Modric’s “professionalism”, he threw his toys out of the pram last summer when Levy refused to allow him to leave for Chelsea, and now he’s agitating for a move again by not turning up for training and missing the tour of America. Spurs are his employers and he is the one being disrespectful.

    PSG have offered the £40 million for Modric so Madrid can either up their offer or look elsewhere, it’s as simple as that. The idea that Madrid somehow have the upper hand here is laughable, Spurs would be within their rights to let Modric rot in the reserves rather than accept a derisory offer for one of the best playmakers in the world and there’s nothing that Modric or Madrid could do about it if they did.

  7. Peter Baker says:

    Sorry but this article is foolish. Why on earth should Tottenham accept less than their asking price for a world class player ? If Real want him they have to pay the price.if not he stays put. Simple as that. The only mistake Spurs are making is not putting a time limit on things so they have time to find a replacement. Or he stays, and if he doesnt show up for training he deserves to be fined.

  8. What a load of CRAP have you never heard of a contract, spurs signed it modders signed it, so thats how it stands, if madrid want to buy out a contract they should pay the asking price, if they dont want to pay they should clear off and let luca carry on with what spurs are paying him to do, as agreed in his contract that he signed, end of.

  9. TommyHarmer says:

    Tripe …… apparently you’re good at formations and tactics – I’d stick to that because you sure don’t know a lot about contracts!

  10. yabadabba says:

    Yer forgetting one thing pal!! His contract still has 4 years to run.. It’s people like yerself that condone the ##### and #### of players like modders.. money is gradually killing the game. He came to spurs as an untested prem light weight; and has evolved into the player that many thought he would become.. his genre and stock has risen.. just like want away berby.. Don’t blab to me that spurs are unfair.. No-one forced him to sign the contract.. If you don’t like your food cold.. wait until it’s cooked!

  11. david says:

    rizwan u know nothin when it comes to this matter mister levy knows what hes doin eg carrack =to much money berbatov =to much money keane =to much money the man is gifted rvp is nearly outta contract which is why arsenal have given in so cheaply mordic will leave on levys terms my friend not because madrid want him to sure he’ll prob be back for half the price when yur country seeks its first bail out and yur fans cant afford to watch yur matches and yur club follows rangers into the abysis

  12. david says:

    and one last point htf do madrid have the upper hand he has 4 yrs left on his contract so put up or shut up or he’ll be goin to paris my friend levy is king

  13. Ray says:

    Lets get a few things straight. Firstly Chelsea did not offer Spurs £40M for Modric, they offered £30M with a couple of players thown in, namely Benayoun and Alex who were surplus to their requirements. Neither player were wanted by Spurs. The offer was rejected.
    Secondly, Modric had signed a new extended contract taking him up to 2016 and professing his love for Spurs.12 months later having been tapped up by the Russian, he was crying like a baby asking for a transfer to Chelsea because they were in the Champions league, siting that he had a gentlemans agreement with Daniel Levy that he could leave if a suitable offer was made. Pure bollocks and was treated as such,
    Thirdly, you have got to be an Arse fan with your comment that Wenger did not panic, he simply stated that Van Persie will not be going on tour. What gives you the idea that Spurs panicked? Let me make it clear to you, Modric still has 4 YEARS REMAINING ON HIS CONTRACT. Why should he be shown any respect when quite clarely he has none.
    Your entire article is so full of holes it beggard belief. It is abundantly clear that you that you wear blinkers and only see the situation from the players point of view. I would love to meet you and discuss it with you further.

  14. mike says:

    Luka Modric has 4 years left on his contract.

    It is a contract, he has a professional commitment to do a job to the best of his ability for the next 4 years.
    His feelings, wishes etc should not get in the way of fulfilling his contract.

    Giving your all should be taken for granted. His service is no more special than the effort or commitment given by any other player.

    He made a deal, he has to man up and fulfill it. Otherwise he is a professional cheat.

    This is business, big business for both the player and the club. Modric gets paid over 2.5 Million a year.
    What if Modric got injured 2 weeks in to the contract, Spurs would have to pay him for 5 years. 12 million.

    From the Spurs point of view, Modric is a very good player. They invested in him, gave him a platform to show off his skills, and now that investment has matured, it time to maximise our profit. It is his performances for spurs that have Madrid interested. Modric will have to keep performing to keep the clubs interested.and earn a pay rise playing for a bigger club.

    Personally I think 40 Million is a little high, but it is the chairman’s job to sell Modric for the highest price possible or make a discision not to sell him. Levy’s job is to take care of Spurs interests only, Modrics personal wishes are no concern of his.

    If Madrid and Modric are trying to bully the situation, I would tell them to but a real offer in by the 7th of August or Modric stays. Personally, I think Spurs will keep Modric, I don’t think Madrid have the financial muscle to do this deal.

    Spurs says NO, will be a little embarrassing for Madrid and to be honest Madric have played this one a little cheap and dirty. If he is only worth 28 million, Modric probably isn’t good enough to play for the Madrid first team.

  15. brian says:

    Who ever this guy is.He certainly has not done his home work.He has written so much crap.If he is hoping to become a journalist,he must learn too do a hell of a lot more investigation work.If one did not know better,the article could almost have been written by some ignorant gooner..Then again he could well be a secret gooner lover.If thats the case.Then i do have a certain amount of sympathy for him.As it proves he does not have a brain.

  16. cyril says:

    as a propaganda piece this was about 3 out of 10. as a journalistc piece it scores zero.
    rvp is not a direct comp, or indeed any form of comp.
    now cesc when he had 4 years and 3 years left on his contract (modric has 4) would be a useful comp
    and we all know what happened when the bully boys of barca came rattling the cage for cesc with 3 and 4 years left, they did not rattle loudly as they were smart enough to know that arsenal held the good cards. real madrid on the other hand seem to be that worse type of bully boy, stupid with it. their stupidy might have been matched only by modric’s stupidy in listening to them telling him to cause trouble so they can get him on the cheap. last summer dos santos wanted out to his favourite spanish club, but they offered only 3mill; udinese offered 11 mill and he said he did not want to go. what happened after that might sensibly inform your opinion now that psg have offered 40 mill. ie unless rm raise their price significantly and quickly (no deals will be done if there is no time to get in a successor) then he will stay. i think it most likely at this point he will stay because the president of rm said 27 mill pounds and not a penny more. and while we all know he was saying it in the hope he would be believed rather than meaning it, even a weak man as is supect he is will be reluctant to jump a huge amount. he should have done his homework; let me introduce daniel levy, a solid negoatiator when his hand is weak, and here it is rather strong.