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Redknapp: Modric is not for sale

With Chelsea set to make £35 million bid, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has made it clear that midfielder Luka Modric is not for sale at any price.

Modric himself is keen to make the switch, citing his desire to play in next season’s Champions League, and has handed in a formal transfer request.

Spurs rejected two separate bids, of £22 million and £27 million respectively, for Modric earlier this summer, but it now appears that Chelsea are willing to up their offer considerably. Redknapp, however, moved quickly to underline that the Croatia international is not for sale.

‘If we were looking to sell him, it [£35m] wouldn't meet my valuation,’ Redknapp said. ‘I think he is worth an awful lot more money than that. Really, we're not looking to sell Luka. We need to keep our best players, so he is a player that we want to keep if possible.’

‘It is in the hands of the chairman of the football club. It's not my decision at the end of the day. I obviously want to keep him as the coach but the chairman says he is not for sale, so we'll have to wait and see. We're quite determined, if we can, to hang on to him but it is a difficult situation. It's a difficult one for Luka and it's a difficult one for Tottenham.’

Despite Redknapp’s comments, reports suggest that Chelsea are still confident of signing Modric especially as the highly-rated Croatia international has repeatedly made it clear that he wants to make the switch.

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