Goodbye Luka

by Ger McCarthy

Dear Daniel Levy,

Please sell Luka Modric ASAP.

Regards,
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.

WIZARD
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.

SPECULATION
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.

CONCLUSION
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.

Regards,
An appreciative Tottenham Hotspur supporter.

20 Responses

  1. bog says:

    I dont agree, what needs to be done is a sit down with Modric, give him a pay rise, make him the highest paid player at Tottenham. Convince him the future here is the place to be, then string Chelsea along until the last minute and tell them to go away right at the end of the transfer window.

    1. dave says:

      y didnt man u hold ronaldo

  2. totnam says:

    Good piece. My comment: I am now getting fed up of Harry even talking about Modric. Why doesn’t he just either say “the chairman’s said he’s not for sale, so that’s that”, or “no comment”.
    He needs to pull his finger out with buying and getting rid of the driftwood. Every other team manages to sell their players at an unbelievable price and we sell our’s for peanuts.
    OK, Modders double the £16m we paid for him. looks like Bentley £2m which is a £10m loss. Need I say more?
    If they (Levy and Harry) had pulled their fingers out last winter then we would not be in this mess anyway. I should also add so shoud our forward line pulled theirs out too.
    Had we of bought a forward and got fourth place which we were capable of then MC wouldn’t have managed to attract their top players quite so easily without CL football.
    Simply put: Harry/Levy either put up or shut up.
    From a 56-year-old long-time suffering Spurs fan . . .

  3. iain says:

    Couldn’t disagree more.

    Are you really a Spurs supporter? He deserves to play in the CL? He should have got us there last season then.

    1. totnam says:

      Why “HE DESERVES” to play in the CL. Doesn’t the team he signed a 6-year contract with last season “DESERVE” to have him at least honour part of that contract? And yes, I am a Spurs supporter and have been for 50 years, watched them everywhere and travel 250 miles roundtrip to WHL.

  4. CG says:

    Levy mustn’t sell. It will be Bale next, then Sandro, and anyone else Man U/C or Chelsea fancy. If we want to progress then stick to your guns Levy – if he won’t play fine him – he’ll still be a saleable player whether he plays 1st football or not so don’t worry.

    We have to compete with Arsenal and Liverpool for 4th. So tank you Chelsea but no thank you!

  5. Phill blondell says:

    Let’s just tell the little vunt to fuck off,and give Him as much stick as we can when he comes back to the lane

  6. Ger McCarthy Ger McCarthy (Author) says:

    Have to say I cannot understand the vitriol being levelled at Modric. What is he supposed to do? A chance to treble his wages and play in the CL?

    Spurs should hold out for 35 million and reinvest in 2 or 3 players we badly need.

    Giving out about a modern day Premier League footballer ‘honouring’ his contract is laughable. Just look at Nasri, Fabregas etc.

    The modern game is all about MONEY and until Spurs pay the top wages transfers such as Modric’s will continue to happen.

  7. Nik says:

    Spurs must NOT sell their best players full stop. Modric must stay and honour his contract. He signed the feckin thing so shut up and get on with it. I am sick to death of this subject. Mr Levy, Harry, sort this now and concentrate on bringing in new talent and ditching our ever increasing list of deadwood.
    Nuff said?

  8. dave says:

    gud let him go and sign another atleast sandro and pinnar cn do beta

  9. chimexvilla says:

    Goodbye Luka
    AUGUST 23RD, 2011 BY GER
    MCCARTHY
    Dear Daniel Levy,
    Please sell Luka Modric ASAP.
    Regards,
    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.
    WIZARD
    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.
    SPECULATION
    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.
    CONCLUSION
    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.

  10. onyejiuwa says:

    Is a difficult tax for levy & harry; but they “levy & harry” has to accept the envitable end by letting go 2 were he “modric”desires 2 go

  11. david jackson says:

    as a chelsea fan who doesn’t hate spurs, i think this is a good piece — makes clear that spurs get something; modric gets what he wants and hopefully chelsea will see some good years out of him too.
    Spurs are a good team — you’ve doubled your money on him and he’s earned from helping get you into CL —
    Spurs can easily come fourth this year and be the biggest north london club —– they need to win more one nils grind out more results – its the 2-1’s at wigan that really count for fourth —-the pl is a grind out league — that’s what to me, let you down last year

    whether modric stays or goes won’t affect that — its down to harry and the team –

  12. Joe94 says:

    I cant wait 2 see modric in blues’ shirt.gud bye spurs

  13. Phil says:

    If Modric wants to go then you have to let him go, he’s not your indentured servant. I don’t understand why fans get so precious about the contracts that players sign, calling wantaways traitors (or “vunts” in Phill Blondell’s case) – the most important thing about modern football contracts is that they ensure (if properly administered) that clubs investment in their players is protected ie if another club wants your player and he wants to leave then substantial amounts of money get laid on the table.

    Modric isn’t a traitor to your club, the length of the contract he has signed means you will get adequate compensation for him. He’s Croatian and your club meant nothing to him before he joined you, now he wants a new challenge, a step up and a pay rise. These are all concepts any of us with a career can surely understand? Players move – we had to sell Robben, Man U Ronaldo, Man City Robinho, Arsenal Henry. This is life! Chin up.

    Sell up now and use that money to improve your club!

  14. Sir Cecil says:

    Levy pays Modric less than Robbie Savage was earning a couple of years ago, and then is surprised the player wants to leave. Laughable.

  15. Yusha'u says:

    Tnks! Herry Redknapp. U ar wellcom Luka modric

  16. mexyd'prince says:

    Remember that he had a gentlemans’ agreement with the chairman to listen to reasonable offers, hence his signing a new contract.

  17. christian karamagi says:

    luka is definately world class,no doubt! however spurs clinging on the little croat from a move that offers better opportunities is not surprising! this is not the first time spurs do such hefty business,the transfer of carrick and berbatov was rocked by such from spurs! luka came to england to work and spurs has been under paying him!

  18. Modric wants to go and Spurs may not ever get a better price for him than the £30m on the table – Which considering Fabregas was only worth £34m seems a pretty good deal.

    http://footballfollower.com/football-blog/why-spurs-should-sell-luka-modric/

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