Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has claimed chairman Daniel Levy told Luka Modric he would not stand in his way if Real Madrid tried to buy the midfielder this year.
The Croatia international’s future has been the subject of intense speculation with Modric reportedly keen on a move to Madrid but with the Spanish champions so far unwilling to match Spurs’ valuation of their midfielder.
However, Redknapp is not expecting Modric to still be at the club when the season kicks off in two weeks’ time, claiming he was promised a transfer last season.
“I would not be sure Luka would start the season at Tottenham. The club would be happy to sell if they get the right money,” he told The Sun.
“The chairman said to him last year ‘Give us one more season and if Real come in I won’t stand in your way.’”
As exclusively revealed by Goal.com, Spurs have turned down a player plush cash approach from Real Madrid for Modric, as they hold out for a straight cash deal worth £40 million.