Redknapp: Modric ‘irreplaceable’

Harry Redknapp has described Spurs midfielder Luka Modric as ‘irreplaceable’ and said he will not be sold under any circumstances.Redknapp has conceded that the lure of Champions League football offered by English Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea could influence the 25-year-old Croatian to seek a move away from White Hart Lane.

But the Spurs boss insists there is no way his playmaker is going anywhere.

“I have said on many occasions he is irreplaceable and it would be a massive disaster for the club if he was allowed to leave,” Redknapp told The Sunday Mirror.

“If clubs the size of Manchester United and Chelsea are prepared to offer him Champions League football and massive wages, you would have to be very naive to think it wouldn’t turn Luka’s head.”

“But I have been assured by the chairman that he is not prepared to sell him under any circumstances.”

“We need to be strengthening the squad not depleting it. In an ideal world I would hope to bring in at least three more players to give us a realistic chance of competing for a top four place in the Premier League next season.”

“United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea, who all finished above us, are going to strengthen their squads so we have to be realistic.”

“If we want to compete with them we have to be active in the transfer market, but I’m not suggesting it’s going to be easy. Quality players at the right price are not easy to acquire.”