Tottenham want £35m for Luka Modric

Luka Modric, Tottenham midfielderNew Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has told Luka Modric that he will not leave the club unless a bid of £35 million is received, according to The Daily Mail.

The Croatian playmaker is eager to leave White Hart Lane to join a club competing in the Champions League, with Real Madrid the frontrunners for the midfielder’s signature.

Despite ongoing negotiations between Spurs and the Spanish giants, Villas-Boas is ready to hold tight on his value of the star.

‘There has been continuous interest (in Modric) from three different clubs. But it’s important for Tottenham to hold on to their rights,” the trainer confirmed.

“His situation will continue as it is until the price is right. Luka is an intelligent person and understands the club have to defend his value, their values, rights and interests.

“The offer has not met what the chairman wants. If that is met there won’t be any problems.”

Meanwhile, Tottenham opened their pre-season preparations with a 2-0 win over Stevenage on Wednesday night.

Debutant Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the opener, before Iago Falque sealed the win in the second half.

By Gareth McKnight