Spurs boss says chairman has made up his mind up not to sell the 'confused' Croat and adds: 'If anyone can pick him up, I can'By Greg Stobart at Old Trafford
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has insisted Luka Modric will not be sold to Chelsea before the end of the transfer window and urged chairman Daniel Levy to give the wantaway midfielder a new contract.
Modric missed Monday night's 3-0 defeat at Manchester United after complaining of a hamstring injury, with Redknapp adding that the 25-year-old's “head is not in the right place”.
Spurs have rejected bid of £22 million and £27m from Chelsea for the Croatian and Redknapp wants Levy – who is adamant Modric will not be sold this summer – to rebuild bridges with the player.
Redknapp believes Modric will stay at the club beyond the summer transfer window and expects Levy to offer the playmaker an improvement on his £45,000-a-week contract, which has five years to run.
Redknapp said: “The chairman has got to sit down with him and have a chat. They obviously fell out a bit over the first meeting and maybe if they can meet and resolve the whole situation.
“If Daniel tells him 'look, you're important to us, we want to keep you, we are going to get one or two players in and we are an ambitious club'. If he does that you might find the boy will be OK.
“The chairman has said to me he will look at his contract in a month or two. The chairman has said he's not going and he can't go back on that really, it's going to be very difficult for him.”
The Spurs boss admits he felt Modric could have played in the defeat at Old Trafford but insists he has no worries about the former Dinamo Zagreb man causing problems in the dressing room.
“I'm sure he will stay, the chairman has made his mind up,” Redknapp added. “There's no point selling the lad in the window and I can't replace him.
“Certainly, he's not been in the right frame of mind. But we can't go on like that, we've got to get him playing.
“The window closes next week and he will get on with his football. He loves playing and he loves training – it's totally out of character for him not to.
“If anyone can pick him up, I can. I have got a great relationship with him. I think Luka will win the fans over.
“He's had a little bit of a hamstring. I'm not a medical man but I don't think it's that bad, to be honest with you. He came to see me and said 'I don't feel right my hamstring's a little bit tight, Gaffer I really don't think I can play'.
“I've said many times you couldn't meet a nicer boy. I think he's just got confused with it all because I wouldn't think he's ever caused anyone a problem in his life before."