Redknapp stands firm on Modric
Harry Redknapp has tried to end the speculation linking Luka Modric with a move to Chelsea by insisting the Croatian is not for sale.
Last Updated: 24/08/11 7:39pm
Harry Redknapp has attempted to end the speculation linking Luka Modric with a move to Chelsea by insisting the Croatian is not for sale.
The Blues are understood to still want Modric despite closing in on a deal for Valencia winger Juan Mata.
Redknapp has always made it clear that he wants to keep the playmaker, but left him out of Monday's game against Manchester United after admitting his 'head was not right'.
The Tottenham manager stated after the match that he felt chairman Daniel Levy should talk to Modric in an effort to clear the air.
Redknapp has since spoken to Levy and received assurances that the 25-year-old will not be going anywhere before the transfer deadline.
"The situation is he is not for sale," Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
"The chairman has made that clear and even yesterday when I did speak to him he said Luka definitely wasn't going, and that was the end of the matter as far as he was concerned.
"He's got to start playing now. That's what we need."
Modric has yet to feature for Spurs this season after also sitting out the first leg of their Europa League tie against Hearts, but Redknapp has hinted he could come into contention for Thursday's return match at White Hart Lane.