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The Spurs boss claims selling the Croatian would mean accepting being a "middle of the table team" and insists the midfielder has had his head turned by Chelsea's interest

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has once again reiterated how determined he is to keep hold of Luka Modric by insisting the midfielder will not be sold, despite interest from Chelsea.

Speaking after Daniel Levy had claimed that the Croatian would not be sold “at any price”, Redknapp has backed his chairman and insisted the club would not backtrack on their current hardline stance.

“It’s a happy thing to have a player like Luka Modric, who has suddenly turned into a £50 million, £40 million player and everyone wants him,” he told talkSPORT.

“We’re lucky we’ve got him and we aren’t selling him, that’s what the chairman says and that’s good enough for me.

“The chairman has made a statement today, he can’t backtrack on that. He means that, I know he means that. Luka’s not going.

“Daniel has made that statement, he can’t come out and suddenly sell him. Everyone will go, ‘what’s the use of listening to what he says’, he can’t sell him, he’s said he’s not going to sell him and that’s good enough for me.

“Daniel and Joe Lewis own the club, they’re not selling Luka, end of story as far as I’m concerned.”

Modric had earlier admitted that he wanted to leave White Hart Lane and Redknapp conceded that whilst it is not easy to keep an unhappy player, it is vital Spurs retain their best players if they are to be successful.

“It’s not easy to keep a player who’s not happy but the chairman has said we’re not going to sell him so we’ve got to stand by that now. He can’t be saying that and then we sell him," he added.

“If we sell Luka Modric where are we going as a football club?” he added.

“We’ll have to accept then that we’re a middle of the table team that will finish in the top-half next season and really that’s not what the chairman wants, it’s not what I want. It’s not, most importantly, what the fans want.

“You’ve got to keep your best players, I don’t see Liverpool wanting to sell Steven Gerrard or Chelsea wanting to sell Frank Lampard, John Terry or any of their top players. Arsenal don’t want to sell [Samir] Nasri so you’ve got to keep your best players if you want to be successful.”

The Spurs boss also admitted that he felt Modric had had his head “turned” but was simply refusing to entertain the idea of selling him.

“He’s such a great player for us we just don’t want to lose him,” he explained.

“He’s a great guy, top class boy and obviously his head’s been turned a little bit by the fact that he’s wanted by all these clubs and he could probably go and get a fantastic contract.

“It’s difficult but we certainly don’t want to lose him, Daniel’s made the statement and I’m sure he’s determined to stand by what he’s said.”

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