Modric 'didn't want to play'
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp claims Luka Modric asked to be left out of Sunday's thrashing against Man City.
Last Updated: 29/08/11 11:18am
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp claims Luka Modric asked to be left out of Sunday's thrashing against Manchester City.
The Croatian has been a summer-long target of Chelsea, but Spurs have maintained a stance he is not for sale.
Modric is understood to want to move to Stamford Bridge and as a result begged not to be included in the 5-1 lost to Roberto Mancini's City in a bid to force a deal.
But Redknapp ignored the pleas and started the playmaker before substituting him after 65 minutes as Spurs were hammered at White Hart Lane.
The Tottenham boss is quoted as saying in The Sun: "Luka came to me at 11.30am and said to me, 'I don't feel my head is right today'.
Chink of light
"I said, 'I feel you need to play today, Luka. I need you to play. You need to come and play'.
"I told him we had injuries and I said, 'I need you to come and play. We need you on the pitch, get out and play'. I told him he was our main man."
Redknapp added: "I'm sure he is getting advised to maybe not play today. We have seen it with other clubs.
"He was OK yesterday morning to play and obviously something happened last night. Who knows what went on.
"Some of the papers today were saying that Chelsea are ready to make a £40million offer.
"While he still sees a chink of light to go to Chelsea, he is probably doing what maybe people are telling him the best way of getting out of here is."