Please sell Luka Modric ASAP.
A disgruntled Tottenham Hotspur supporter.
That is a letter (albeit a very short one) I thought I’d never want or have to write. As a long-suffering Tottenham Hotspur supporter the recent shenanigans involving Luke Modric and his on/off transfer to Chelsea has left a sour taste in the mouth. Since signing for Tottenham, the little Croatian playmaker has developed into one of the most influential midfield players on the continent. He has been Spurs best and most productive midfielder in his short time at White Hart Lane and endeared himself to the home supporters with a succession of consistent displays.
Modric’s ability to link up with strikers such as Robbie Keane, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch or play in the hole just behind a lone striker has been hugely instrumental in helping Spurs maintain their lofty position in the Barclays Premier League table over the past number of seasons. The diminutive midfielder was the best player on view in Croatia’s recent friendly with the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium but has played only fleetingly for Spurs during the close season once Chelsea’s interest became public. I found myself sighing loudly every time Modric got on the ball in Dublin as he was always a step ahead of the Irish midfielder and made the Croatian side tick with his probing passing and darting runs.
Once the Pensioners had lodged an initial bid for Modric I and many Spurs fans realised it was only a matter of time before the midfield wizard would be making his way to Stamford Bridge. Who can blame Modric? From the players point of view an opportunity to triple your wages, play regularly in the Champions League and push for the Premier League title is hard to turn down. From his own personal point of view Modric’s family would not necessarily have to move from their current base in London and an opportunity to play behind Torres, Anelka and Drogba must be a mouth-watering one for the little Croat.
Many Spurs fans are enraged at the prospect of losing Modric to Chelsea, which is understandable for two very important reasons. Spurs do not want to or should not be selling their best players to clubs in the top four in the Premier League as it is becoming increasingly difficult to match the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City’s spending. The second point is a more significant one as the sale of Modric automatically weakens the first team and will only serve to put doubts in the minds of Tottenham’s other marquee players such as Gareth Bale and Rafael Van Der Vaart. As soon as the Modric deal goes through you can be certain the English tabloids will turn their attention to Bale and the top European club / destination will be.
Harry Redknapp and Daniel Levy have gone on record on numerous occasions during the summer to state Modric would not be sold. Their position softened somewhat with both Director and Manager concentrating in recent weeks on the size of Chelsea’s bids that they deemed unacceptable. Reading between the lines the pronouncements of not selling Tottenham’s best players moved quickly to the size of Chelsea’s bids and now reports have surfaced of Redknapp’s admittance that 30 million plus would help Spurs buy a couple of players should the transfer go through. From an economic point of view Spurs will more than likely double the money they paid for the Croatian international if Modric move to Chelsea.
From my point of view, as a Spurs supporter, I will be devastated to lose a player of the calibre of Modric. Not being able to play Modric in recent weeks and the distraction of all the transfer speculation that his presence is creating at White Hart Lane is doing the club little good. There are only a few weeks left in the transfer window meaning Redknapp and Levy have little time to find adequate replacement(s) should Modric move in the coming days. Chelsea’s decision to sign Juan Mata from Valencia will not dissuade Andres Villas-Boas from getting his man as the Portuguese manager is already on record with his admiration for the Spurs midfielder.
The money raised from the sale of Luka Modric would allow Spurs to strengthen in other areas such as attack (a replacement for Robbie Keane is needed) and in defence where experienced cover for he likes of Michael Dawson and Ledley King would be most welcome. Tottenham supporters should also note that there is ample midfield cover (although nowhere near as talented) at the cub with the likes of Steven Pienaar, Jermaine Jenas and Sandro set to return from injury. Fellow Croatian Niko Kranjcar has long been touted as another player likely to move on from North London but should Modric leave then his fellow compatriot is perfectly placed to play his way into the first team.
The sale of Luka Modric to Chelsea is going to happen and Spurs fans need to accept the inevitable and move on. What Tottenham Hotspur FC needs now is a speedy resolution to the saga. Chairman Daniel Levy must get the best possible price for the Croatian from Chelsea and manager Harry Redknapp must invest the money wisely and quickly before Spurs season progresses any further. Thankfully both Levy and Redknapp are experts in their respective jobs and I have every faith that the transfer fee will be wisely reinvested.
As for Luka Modric, well it will be difficult to watch the diminutive midfielder in a Chelsea kit but he has given spurs fans 100% every time he has pulled on the jersey and deserves to play in the Champions League.
Dear Luka Modric,
Thanks for the memories.
An appreciative Tottenham Hotspur supporter.