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Luka Modric - Tottenham Hotspur News

If I were Modric, I’d want to leave Spurs. It’s not you want to hear and it’s not what I want to hear, bur Modric almost certainly wants to leave, and most probably will. The cries have begun. If mercenaries like Luka want to go we should let them, some say. Others say we must do all we can to keep him.

We should sell him. And this is not some anti-mercenary tirade. All footballers are mercenaries, of course, and the magic Croatian is no different. Really, who can hold it against him? One of the best midfielders in the world (and that’s no exaggeration) has been denied Champions League football for the second season in a row. Is it his fault Spurs failed to secure that third-place finish, ultimately missing out on Europe’s elite footballing competition? No, it’s not. It’s Redknapp’s.

Of course, in an ideal world, Luka would love the shirt as much as we do. But that’s just not reality. I really can’t begrudge him wanting to leave – he, honestly, deserves better than a manager that plays him out of position, is tactically flawed and never learns from his mistakes. If reports are true, Modric, for whatever reason, won’t have a bad word said against Harry. I, on the other hand, will. It’s hard to criticise him. He’s helped build this fantastic team. He has also, for the last two seasons, hugely underachieved. Two seasons in a row we’ve won no trophy and missed out on the Champions League. When our top players leave, go on to win trophies at some of Europe’s elite clubs and enjoy the best years of their footballing career, history will remember Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur as being a team that massively underachieved.

Last night is the most deflated I’ve ever felt after a football match. Drogba tucking away that penalty relegated – albeit in a different way – Spurs. Bale, whose right to leave has been diminished by his lacklustered performances that help cost us third place, will want to join Luka by the exit door. Now, I fear, is not the time for Levy’s famously tough stance, the one so empathically displayed last summer when Chelsea attempted to poach our star player. We, I believe, need to take the £80m and ship Luka and Bale off abroad, and begin the process of rebuilding. We need to compete again for next season by building the best squad we can. If it’s from scratch, so be it. Waiting all summer, and then giving in at the last minute, or even not giving in, will destabilise the team – like it did last August – and could cost us. We could end up back in mid-table obscurity.

Those who want to stay should stay and rebuild, those who want to leave, should be allowed to. It’s tragic that this five-or-so-year project has failed, and this great team is set to be dismantled, but now is the time to start again.

By AP

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  1. It’s crazy to support a club that loose matches in purpose , buying useless players , having an id*ot as a manager , no ambitions , what else ….. funny small old stadium , cheap president , we sold the third spot to Arsenal , even the blind man can see that , i think it was scenario , but i just wanna telll you all i stop support this club until is managed by Levy …..

  2. Total [email protected]!!! Yeah lets give up now and sell are best players just because we didn't make champions league!!! Bale and Modric have signed long term deals and therefore have to honour them. We have a great team and need to keep them all!! Redknapp is a [email protected] and needs to be replaced now!!!

  3. Only half agree. Players need to to play their part too. They need to put in the effort, and execute well. Modric for example scores far too few goals. Yes I know he is not an attacking player, but he should improve his shooting. now maybe he needs better coaching or better tactics to make this happen – but the cookie crumbles both ways.

  4. Wrong way round…It was Modric's lacklustre performances that cost us third place not bale, not to mention his "head not being right" to play against the Manchester clubs in august. Bale created countless chances through the season, have a look at the stats not just for assists but for chances created that weren't converted….and that was despite being double marked for most of the season.

  5. Excellent piece, it certainly feels like relegation.
    There's absolutely no point in trying to hold onto players who are desperate to leave. Take the best price and use the money to buy hungry young players. We once had such a transfer policy: it got us Bale, Kaboul,Ekotto,Lennon, Big Tom and even Modric himself.

  6. Harry bashing always seems to make me feel better, however, i can’t see us getting rid of him. In hindsight now, perhaps if would have been better to have finished 5th, which would have given us all the reason we needed to give him the push.

    Levy faces an unenviable task in this regard. The players and media like Harry, as do other managers. It would be difficult for Levy to sound out other managers behind Harry’s back to see whether it’s a risk worth taking. Could the players be enticed with new manager? Slaven Bilic would be a huge gamble, but would appease our Croatians (Modric et al.). Capello is available. AVB? Moyes?

    Whatever the case, you are right in suggesting that Levy should try to act as early as possible.

  7. Keep Bale; he’s the best winger in the premiership, and is still only 23, if we can nurture him for another season, he might just get us to the top 4 by himself. Sell modric for 50 million to Madrid and replace him with Mario Gotze, a player so talented it doesn’t bare thinking about.

    That’s what I’d do anyway.

  8. Good article my friend.I am absolutely gutted like all spurs fans.How lucky are Chelsea?ghost goal in fa cup semi!Set out to defend for 2 hours in champs league final(and semi)and win on penalties!!Gutted.Sell Modric quick(player swap with Chelsea for Torres anyone?)Hudd coming back who is a better passer and scores more from midfield,a new right winger cos I think we all had enough of Lennon threatening to do something and always disapointing,new left back cos benny gets caught out regularly and at least 2 new strikers.As for Harry..he is so far out of his depth! I was gutted when he didnt get the England job(his incompetence cost himself the job and us third place)and I think the FA have got it right with Woy Hodgson. What makes me mad is pundits saying Harry done a great job and we were nearly relegated! Bollocks..he has under achieved massively and every time reffing decisions go against us(alarminly often)he shrugs is shoulders and says ‘ah well’ instead of doing wot other managers do(like fergie,Dalglish,wenger,moyes etc)and having a proper rant & moan about it risking fa action but eventually putting the refs under enough pressure to ensure we start getting a few decisions go our way(Fergie a master at it).Bloody hell i’m getting all worked up again!!Clear out required beginning with Harry. COYS

    • I like a lot of what you've said apart from the buying and selling; Benoit and Lennon are good players.
      The managerial comments are spot on!
      – Spurs are far to magnaminous in the face of continuously poor decisions. We don't put pressure on referees like other teams do, or create a feeling of desert among our players. Instead the players suffer a knock to their confidence for a Chris Foy inspired dropping of points,when they should blame the pretend cyclist!

  9. Bring back Christian Gross and see if we can, get Ronny Rosenthal and John Lacy out of retirement… We’re doomed captain!!!

    Get over it FF-Sake… We would have put 3rd place away in April if it wasn’t for the ‘Redknapp for England’ nonsense. If the ‘mecenaries’ want to leave, let them and we’ll go and buy some different ‘mercenaries’. We’ll have shed load of cash to waste, that’s the modern game in a nutshell.

    Chelsea are ‘Sh!te’ and with any luck they’ll take on Bob Demateo full time. There’s no way they’ll carry the amount of luck they’ve had, since he’s been there, through a full season. Van Persie has carried the Arse’ this season and if he leaves they’ll be very average. Outside the Mancs’ it’s still well up for grabs.

    Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring…

  10. About 2 seasons ago, Spurs were in Europe, with about the same team. A dip in form, this season ending, cost Spurs the 3rd spot for Europe. The main reasons, I felt were, the pillars in defence were injured, and goals against Spurs were going in. The forwards were not putting in the goals. Spurs must strengthen, in these areas. Spurs can be a top three club again , the next season. Spurs way of playing is attractive to watch, as even other managers are saying. 2 of the best wingers in the world. The mid-field also boasts one of the best in Europe, with Modric, Sandro, one of the great passer's of the game, Huddlestone, coming back, from injury. The defence need to be solid rock with 4 Dawson types, and a good tall, strong forward likr Drogba type. Then watch out for Spurs in Europe. It has happened in Europe 2 seasons ago, when Spurs terrorised strong teams like Inter Milan. Stock up the defence, and invest in a big, strong goal scorer like Tevez, Spurs can conquer Europe.

  11. i agree with rebuilding but if we do keep letting players go without a fight we will have to rebuild every year . so i think if we spend big show intent perhaps it will stop all this lets have the c/l money that never got spent
    other wise [man u man c ch ] they will all be in [man u] do it all the time with us and have dun for years
    Mr levy stop it now spend the money lets get to the top and stop all this every year you can stop this

  12. If he dribbled a tad less, released the ball sooner and most importantly learnt how to shoot and thus score more goals – as a player with his immense abilities should – we’d have finished 3rd.

    We will be ok without him as we were when he broke his leg.

  13. What you are all forgetting is that if this is the case then going to football and supporting a team is senseless and meaningless because what it means is that we support a team and therefore its players who are only here because of circumstances and if they are favourable for them. What would be meaningful is if we had a team built up from grass roots that think 60 grand a week is great and wanna play only for the spurs. Otherwise supporting a team with players like weasal modric is totally meaningless.

  14. Let us not forget that some of our vital matches were lost because both Modric and Bale, good as they are, under performed..So, they cannot blame the team that they were part of, in success as well as in failure, and now abandon us to seek greener pastures elsewhere…They should stay with Spurs and try to make it more successful next year with some new good players added to our squad..

  15. Agree wit H – let's not panic. Let Modric go, but we will still have a half decent team and I agree that Chelski's luck cannot last and their ageing "stars" will either blow out or end up in prison! As for the Arse, they will still struggle and Liverpool will be in transition. Policy on young players needs to be reviewed, I cannot see any point in giving the likes of Swansea players like Caulker when we should give him a chance.

  16. C'mon guys we all knew it would happen, chelsea will do barca then Bayern on their own pitch with a Mgr who'd been there bout half an hour with key players out, profiting from 2 missed penalties in both games (1 by a bloke who scores more chips in a season thanwe get corners). The arse then get 3rd on the last day, how many times this kinda thing happened, lasagnagate etc?We must have seriously peed someone off in a previous life. Anyway enough self pity, our luck HAS to turn at some point. Been needing to vent since saturday, worst sunday of my life only just turned phone on. Shakey, my friend spot on you have said it all 4 me, get Torres fast altho a fit Lennon I would keep. Harry if yr honest your not equipped to manage at this level so shove off an sell some cars an lets get someone world-savvy to take us to next level….oh and PLEASE someone sign Van Persie.

  17. Come away from the midfield quandry. The reason why we are not getting that top 3 finish is simply the strikers. Adi's ok for a target man and has good feet but does not score anywhere near enough. Harry wont drop VDV and he's at his best sitting in the hole. This means JD is bench bound. No problem with that but we need a Van Persie dare I say it. 25 – 30 goals a season striker with the team we have and we're there.

  18. The whole team went on holiday, in the middle of the season. Other teams were fighting for points to consolidate their position but we, noooo, we were happy to hear that the 3rd place is our. What a load of rubbish from the team. Shame on each and every one of them. They all should give spurs one more season and prove that this season was just a hiccup. Redemption. Come on you SPURS !!!!!!

  19. it amazes me sometimes that support of the same club can lead to such wildly different views. Steadfast we can all agree that this years up and downs have been crushed into oblivion by the finale in Munich. And i’m sure we all agree that unquestionably the blame lies on us alone for dropping so many easy points. But to coin one of Harry’s fav quotes ‘no game in the premiership is easy!’. Well yes and no, Blackburn at home was an EASY game, Bolton away was an EASY game (despite our dismal prior record at the Reebok), but certainly from someone who has watched just about every single game this season, either at the lane or online, I agree that on the most part there is no easy game in this league. And even taking into account our remarkable run at the beginning, I think sometimes we forget that along side bucket loads of skill there was also some good fortune in a number of games.

    Last season we came back to win from first going down more times than any other in the league. This season we achieved that feat once! That alone screams to me of a change in dynamics amougnst the players. Now lets be honest, last seasons stat is something that needed improving (going down first is hardly the way to win), and I think we certainly made huge strides defencively despite injuries, thanks to the brilliance of Kabul, Freidel and Walker. However playing with the kind of domination we enjoyed for so much of this season (even in the games we lost) I think illustrates how much more maturing the team has to do. If you control a game with 70% possession, then go one down, it must be heart breaking, but thats where you need to be professional and bounce back immediately. I dont think was always have done. And the stats between this and last season prove it.

    Obviously we DO need a new striker. I have some admiration for Ade, and have been a long time supporter of Jermaine, but times have changed drastically now, and we NEED to establish ourselves with a force to be reckoned with. Someone who will command the oppositions penalty area, and sadly thats the kind of player I havent seen at the lane since the time of Klinsmann or Ferdinand. Granted in recent years we HAVE had some fabulous strikers, Berbetov, Keane and of course Teddy (im talking about CLASS strikers btw not every other average stiker we;re accumulated) but all three like Ade seem to prefer the full range of the forward postion, dropping off to the wing here, dropping back to anchor man there, and despite all putting away many great goals, its time we found ourselves a real goal predator, much like, Defoe, but unlike him in that they can hold themselves and the ball up and muscle there way through on goal. Which is way I have my reserves about this Remy. From watch i;ve read, he appears to fit the bill of yet another tottenham classic, quick, pretty football with a eye for goal, but lacking in his ability to hold the ball up and not sure whether he fits the postion best of forward or winger. Ideally suits a left attack of a 433 formation! Well honestly do we want to break the bank of someone who will be heading for 451? Maybe if Modric is defiantely on his way out, we need to think back to 2009 when we reached the champions league, when agreeably we werent dominated possession like we are today, but we were acheiving results, and even knocking out the odd 9-1. What was that formation we played??? Oh yeah 442!

    I’m a huge fan of VDV. His passion for the club alone warmed me to him from the start, and his style of football when in form is envigourating to watch, and to the team. If you cant see this then we work on competely seperate wave lengths, much like my brother and I, who definately believes Modric is an EASILY replacable player? Something I find outrageous! But my point is that as fans we all see things completely differently, I for one am content with Redknapp and his team (who im sure are responcible for most of the leg work) continue to manage spurs. And if there is to be talk of looking elsewhere, I wouldnt be adverse to the re-instatement of a certain Dutchman over in west london (not that Levy would ever do it), lets not forget that it was that team which Harry basically bought back at Ramos destroyed it, which went on to get us into the champions league in the first place.

    New defender, New striker. IF our midfield is sold, then obviously we will need to look for another player to suit the left wing. Its not all over, its just the beginning of yet another chapter in the long wait for a spurs team to over-achieve.

    coys

    long live the love affair of 2009-2011 seasons!

  20. it amazes me sometimes that support of the same club can lead to such wildly different views. Steadfast we can all agree that this years up and downs have been crushed into oblivion by the finale in Munich. And i'm sure we all agree that unquestionably the blame lies on us alone for dropping so many easy points. But to coin one of Harry's fav quotes 'no game in the premiership is easy!'. Well yes and no, Blackburn at home was an EASY game, Bolton away was an EASY game (despite our dismal prior record at the Reebok), but certainly from someone who has watched just about every single game this season, either at the lane or online, I agree that on the most part there is no easy game in this league. And even taking into account our remarkable run at the beginning, I think sometimes we forget that along side bucket loads of skill there was also some good fortune in a number of games.

    Last season we came back to win from first going down more times than any other in the league. This season we achieved that feat once! That alone screams to me of a change in dynamics amougnst the players. Now lets be honest, last seasons stat is something that needed improving (going down first is hardly the way to win), and I think we certainly made huge strides defencively despite injuries, thanks to the brilliance of Kabul, Freidel and Walker. However playing with the kind of domination we enjoyed for so much of this season (even in the games we lost) I think illustrates how much more maturing the team has to do. If you control a game with 70% possession, then go one down, it must be heart breaking, but thats where you need to be professional and bounce back immediately. I dont think was always have done. And the stats between this and last season prove it.

    Obviously we DO need a new striker. I have some admiration for Ade, and have been a long time supporter of Jermaine, but times have changed drastically now, and we NEED to establish ourselves with a force to be reckoned with. Someone who will command the oppositions penalty area, and sadly thats the kind of player I havent seen at the lane since the time of Klinsmann or Ferdinand. Granted in recent years we HAVE had some fabulous strikers, Berbetov, Keane and of course Teddy (im talking about CLASS strikers btw not every other average stiker we;re accumulated) but all three like Ade seem to prefer the full range of the forward postion, dropping off to the wing here, dropping back to anchor man there, and despite all putting away many great goals, its time we found ourselves a real goal predator, much like, Defoe, but unlike him in that they can hold themselves and the ball up and muscle there way through on goal. Which is way I have my reserves about this Remy. From watch i;ve read, he appears to fit the bill of yet another tottenham classic, quick, pretty football with a eye for goal, but lacking in his ability to hold the ball up and not sure whether he fits the postion best of forward or winger. Ideally suits a left attack of a 433 formation! Well honestly do we want to break the bank of someone who will be heading for 451? Maybe if Modric is defiantely on his way out, we need to think back to 2009 when we reached the champions league, when agreeably we werent dominated possession like we are today, but we were acheiving results, and even knocking out the odd 9-1. What was that formation we played??? Oh yeah 442!

    I'm a huge fan of VDV. His passion for the club alone warmed me to him from the start, and his style of football when in form is envigourating to watch, and to the team. If you cant see this then we work on competely seperate wave lengths, much like my brother and I, who definately believes Modric is an EASILY replacable player? Something I find outrageous! But my point is that as fans we all see things completely differently, I for one am content with Redknapp and his team (who im sure are responcible for most of the leg work) continue to manage spurs. And if there is to be talk of looking elsewhere, I wouldnt be adverse to the re-instatement of a certain Dutchman over in west london (not that Levy would ever do it), lets not forget that it was that team which Harry basically bought back at Ramos destroyed it, which went on to get us into the champions league in the first place.

    New defender, New striker. IF our midfield is sold, then obviously we will need to look for another player to suit the left wing. Its not all over, its just the beginning of yet another chapter in the long wait for a spurs team to over-achieve.

    coys
    long live the love affair of 2009-2011 seasons!

  21. Amazing how quickly some of you forget the shit we were in when Redknapp first came to Spurs. How quick you forget how he turned us into a top 4 team. SHAME on you…..

    You're all so quick to throw someone over board at the slightest hint of going down. I'd hate to be on a plane with you lot!

    Does he need to answer questions on what happened this season? Of course he does. Is he solely to blame? Of course not. Plenty of others take the blame too.

    But sure lets go back to our old ways of sacking a manager every 5 minutes, its worked in the past hasn't it?

  22. Terrible article… more clueless talk. Modric has not played that well all season and yet again his goal return is poor. We missed out by a shit rule created by Liverpool, bitter pill to take, but what a bloody great season. Not losing the faith here and nor am I with Harry.

  23. It was obvious 4th was never going to get CL football months back when chelski got lucky against napoli-knew then they would just go on to win it. 3rd place was easily in our grasp and we fucked it up. No bottle, poor redknapp tactics, eye on england job, players thinking harry would be gone in the summer. I've never felt as down as I have since sat night. It feels like this is the end of a team that was almost on the verge of something great. I fear for going back now to the mediocrity of mid table teams like we had for most of the late 90's and 2000's.

    Trying to look at this with some balance though… Under Redknapp we've finished 4th, 5th & 4th last three seasons.

    We're still the most attractive club for players to join that isn't in the CL. Other clubs in the past have proved you don't need CL football to get top players-just lots of money on the table. Levy has kept the purse strings too tight since we last got in the CL-I thought then we would go out and get in some top players and no looking back. The only way we can keep the momentum going is spending big and breaking our wage structure.

    I see only 3 players who may not be here next season:
    Modric (think he'll definately want to go, sell for £40m + asap to any club abroad)
    Bale-but have a feeling he'll stay for one more season
    Ady- on loan, so we'd need to buy a striker anyway

  24. Great player but with him & scotty in midfield we get 3-4 goals a season from the pair!!!
    need a goalscoring midfielder badly, Tom Carrol is definatly one for the future, maybe 2 years from now but when the strikers dried up we couldn't buy a goal…….like him or hate him look how many lampard gets from midfield.
    Think its time to shift Harry aswell, looks great when the 1st 11 are playing well, but is clueless when tactics are needed to break someone down.
    COYS!!!

  25. Loadsof frustration coming out here, to think that the whole effort and millions all came down to ONE goal, all that we needed agaist Villa in the second last PL game, (or perhaps Gallas head to have been a couple of inches lower..)
    We do need players who will play above themselves in appreciation of being in a decent club rather than those who believe that they deserve better, more defenders please.

  26. Glad you enjoyed the article – it was intending to provoke debate (nice to see a range from 'utter bollocks' to 'great article') and it seems to have done that, at least.

    Would respond to points you're all making but there are way too many! We'll see how it turns out.

    I understand the defence of Redknapp, but remember that his naive tactics have cost us two years in a row. And I really won't have the criticism of Modric, he's been superb as ever – apart from when he's been played out of position (not his fault).

  27. I watch every Spurs match from Perth in Australia. What seemed to me to be the reason for Spurs poor performance over lesser teams in the early months of 1012 was their lack of drive going forward. Almost all Premier league teams have good defences but only the top teams have good attacking ability. Solution, if you want to beat the bottom teams, is attack and do it quickly especially on the counter. Give any Premier team time to re consolidate their defence and it will be hard to develop scoring chances. Spurs during their poor spell dropped into the habit of possession football. Unfortunately much of this was played in their own half. Not much point in having 70% of the possession if its nowhere near the opponents goal! Spurs have the ability to attack fast as they demonstrated at the beginning of the season so why they should have adopted a bottom half team strategy this year is beyond me. Whatever else, Harry and his assistants must take some responsibility for team strategy.
    Yes the team can do with strengthening in some areas but the skills already assembled can, and should, have done better. Only when everyone, from the manger down, targets 1st place as the goal and plays accordingly will we see the results we want.
    Trevor (I am old, and lucky, enough to have watched Danny Blanchflower et al when Spurs we at their peak)

  28. I think we're all overreacting a bit here. Spurs missed out on Champions League play because Chelsea had the luckiest fucking win ever, there's a retarded rule that keeps us out because of it, and we finished behind the gooners by one fucking point. The year before we were only one spot away from the champions league as well, and during that season we were busy making a run to the champions league quarter finals. Vertonghen will help the back line, and we're getting adebayor back. Sure Harry may have played a part in spurs missing the champions league, but so did shitty refs and awful luck. There were plenty of things totally out of the team's control that led to us missing out on the champions league. Harry could've done more but he's done a damn good job getting us here. Bring in Vertonghen, bring back Adebayor, try to hold on to Bale and Modric for one more year, and give it one last hurrah. We missed champions league football (and perhaps a shot at hazard) by one fucking point. We had some of the worst luck ever and at one point were the best team in the premier league. It isn't time to blow it up just yet.

  29. i don't know what the big deal is about losing him i mean yes his got a good touch n does the simple passes but come on 4 goals 4 assists….thats bullshit, wudnt mind seeing him go

    • question…wtf happened to the interest in vertonghen????? thought it was a done deal, but that never happens with spurs…exactly the cb we need ffs………..

  30. Any right minded spurs fan would want modric and bale to stay. If they want to go so be it. If they leave and the newly appointed manager has his wits about him good aquisitions can be made. This is the decisive factor, get the wrong manager and its downhill from here get it right and success cant be far away. Harry has put together a strong squad and I for one am looking forward to a serious assault on the europa league . Give the competition the respect it deserves. Champions league football will return, pending managerial appointment of course.

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