Tottenham are set for an interesting summer with a few new faces coming in the door with Champions League football in the offing, but their most important deal this summer could be tying Luka Modric down with an improved contract.
The Lilywhites will be keen to extend the stay of their 24-year-old Croatian playmaker as his impressive displays have caught the eye of a few high profile managers such as Manchester United’s Alex Ferguson and Chelsea’s Carlo Ancelotti.
Spurs have a history of selling their best players and Sir Alex currently possesses two former stars of White Hart Lane in Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov, neither of which have had a good season and Carrick has even been linked with a return. Robbie Keane originally left Tottenham for a ‘dream move’ to Liverpool, but after his disastrous time on Merseyside he returned to Spurs only to be shipped out on loan to Celtic after losing his place in the north London side’s XI.
The White Hart Lane outfit finished in fourth place this past season, which earned them the right to compete in the Champions League. Every footballer wants to play in UEFA’s flagship club cup competition and Spurs should be able to attract talent more easily, but also increases their chances of holding onto the players they currently possess.
Harry Redknapp has described Modric as a world-class talent, so it is vital that Tottenham resist the current press speculation surrounding the player’s future and tie him down with a new deal.
Modric is not currently one of the highest earners at White Hart Lane, but that could change soon as the club have a performance related pay rise policy and Daniel Levy is set to meet the player after he comes back from a two week holiday, which begins after Modric comes back from international duty following Croatia’s friendly with Estonia on Wednesday.
With his superb vision and slick passing it is of no surprise that he has attracted the attention of Manchester United and Chelsea. He is probably the sort of player that could easily fit into both sides and is the type of playmaker they are crying out for, especially the Blues who will be keen to replace a departing Deco this summer.
However, there is absolutely no reason for him to leave Tottenham at the moment and he’s probably worth more than the reported £20-26 million. At 24 he has the bulk of his career ahead of him and is yet to reach his peak, so a rushed move to a more high profile club could be unwise. Now that Spurs are in the Champions League he has the chance of testing his skills against Europe’s elite. The north London club seem to be on the up and have something to build on after finishing fourth and they would hope to make that a regular occurrence, but they will have to keep a hold of players like Modric whilst continuing to improve as Manchester City and Liverpool will be staking their claim next season along with Spurs for a top four spot.
The Tottenham fans will be pretty confident that their star man will be playing in a Tottenham shirt next season and will likely scoff at the proposed transfer fee as it is not enough to prise Modric away from the club, but any fears will be allayed should the Croatian put pen to paper and extend his future at White Hart Lane.
Modric may be flattered by the interest shown in him, but he’s a humble and hardworking professional who says he is happy at the club. The player is also settled where his is and as well as Champions League football to look forward to him and his wife Vanja have a child on the way.
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