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'The matter is finished', says Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has had the final word on the Luka Modric saga, putting to end the last of the summer's interminable transfer rumours fests: the Tottenham boss says that the Croat is staying at White Hart Lane, and that's all there is to it.

London rivals Chelsea have been sniffing around the midfielder ever since the transfer window opened, but with the signing of Juan Mata and Daniel Levy's point blank refusal to bow to his player's desires (plus Chelsea's refusal to meet his valuation), the deal is now officially scuppered. For now at least.

'The matter is finished now,' claimed Redknapp. 'There was a meeting but Daniel would have just said the same thing, he's not for sale.

'He's not caused a minute's problem. He could have kicked up and been a problem and if he had been it would have been very difficult to keep him, because if players want to be disruptive they can be but he's not got that in his nature. He'll stay and play as well as he did last season. I've said since I came here what a fantastic footballer he is and how much I love working with him and what a great boy he is. I can see it's been difficult for him too but we want him to stay and it's a positive outcome.'

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