Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric has reiterated his desire to move across London to rivals Chelsea, and claims current club chairman Daniel Levy has broken a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between the two men last summer.
The Blues had a £22 million bid rejected earlier in the transfer window, but the Tottenham supremo met the wantaway player last week, stating the issue was resolved and the ex-Dinamo Zabreb midfielder was not for sale. Modric tells a different version of events however.
“A lot has been published in the press about the meeting with Levy, who gave the public a twisted account of what happened. I must say that I am genuinely disappointed about what Levy said to me. He didn’t care about what I was telling him. It all only convinced me further that I was right to consider moving on to another club,” the 25-year-old told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.
“I reminded the chairman of our gentleman’s agreement when we were in Dubrovnik last summer and I agreed a contract extension with Tottenham. Then I had an open chat with Levy – that if a bigger club came in with a concrete offer, we would consider it and agree the best solution for all concerned.
“The chairman said, ‘Okay, we’ll sit and talk [about any offers]’. Now Levy doesn’t want to talk to me and said there is no possibility that I can leave Spurs. He threatened me – he said if I didn’t accept the club’s stance, they would make me sit on the bench or in the stands,” he continued.
Modric maintained his intent to leave, and stated that he hopes a sale can be reached amicably.
“I hope that eventually he will understand the situation and that we will reach an agreement and go our separate ways in an appropriate manner.
“There is no doubt that Chelsea want me – they sent a concrete offer to Tottenham. I know that the new Chelsea boss said he wants me in his team. Of course I am flattered by this interest in me, it’s a club that all players dream of joining, fighting for every competition available.
“It wasn’t a snap decision; I talked a long time with my family and people whose opinions I respect. I thought about it, weighed it all up, and finally decided this was the best option,” the eastern European concluded.