Luka Modric motivated by success, not money

Tottenham’s Rafael van der Vaart believes teammate Luka Modric’s inclinations to swap the North London club for Chelsea would be in search of success rather than a bumper pay packet.

The Croatian international has grown in stature since signing for the White Hart Lane team from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008 and the 25-year-old seems set on a move to the Premier League runners up. Despite this Van der Vaart does not feel a potential transfer would be financially motivated.

“If someone wants to leave it’s difficult to keep them. When a player is unhappy it’s not a good thing. Luka and (Gareth) Bale don’t play for money – they play to win something,” the Netherlands international is reported to have said in The Daily Mail.

“If they have to go to another club it’s their decision. But I hope they stay because they are fantastic and really important for the club,” he continued.

Spurs missed out on Champions League football with a fifth placed finish in 2010/11, and the former Real Madrid man is focussed on progressing at the club in the forthcoming season.

“Drop too many points and you don’t deserve to be in the Champions League. So next season we are going to focus on the Europa League. As a player you want to improve every year but the important thing is to help the team. If we stay together we have a good squad,” the 28-year-old concluded.