AVB expects Modric to return to training

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Andre Villas-Boas has said Tottenham’s asking price for star midfielder Luka Modric has yet to be met.

The Spurs boss was speaking after Tottenham’s 1-0 pre-season win at Watford and expects the Croatian to return to first-team training.

Modric failed to travel for the recent tour of the USA, which angered all associated with the club and as a result has been training separately.

Spurs have placed a £40million valuation on Modric, which Real Madrid are yet to meet.

Villas-Boas told the press: “He’s been training separately still, it’s important for Luka to feel mentally ready to come back to first-team training. It’s important because these boys (team-mates) are at a different level in terms of preparation, concentrating and commitment.

“The player has to understand that the club can’t do anything about other clubs’ offers, we have a value and an interest that we have to defend and we are waiting for if the offer is not met to re-integrate the player.”

He added on Sky Sports News: “We’ll try to solve it as soon as possible, obviously its the second time Luca has passed through this situation.

“It’s obviously difficult for him but the chairman is defending the club’s interest and value. The player has to understand that we want also to look at this current situation, but the fact that the offer doesn’t meet the chairman’s demands means we cannot do anything and the player is a good professional, and hopefully he will return to the team.”

By Simon Rourke

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