Tottenham do not have an agreement to allow playmaker Luka Modric to leave for another club, according to Sky Sports News.
Playmaker's claims dismissed, as Spurs dig in heels
Tottenham do not have an agreement to allow Luka Modric to leave for another club, according to Sky Sports News
The Croatia star admitted earlier this summer his desire to leave White Hart Lane after finding himself the subject of a failed £22million bid from Premier League runners-up Chelsea.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy consequently held discussions with Modric on Thursday, when the latter was told that he would not be sold regardless of the price or the club making the offer.
Modric has since claimed that Levy's stance reneges on a gentleman's agreement that was struck when he signed a six-year contract extension on 30th May 2010.
The 25-year-old, who has proved more than value for the £16.6million Tottenham paid to Dynamo Zagreb in 2008, insists that the agreement would allow him to leave if a major club made a bid.
Modric told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti
over the weekend: "I reminded the chairman of our gentleman's agreement when we were in Dubrovnik last summer and I agreed a contract extension with Tottenham.
"At that time, I had an open chat with Levy - that if a bigger club came in with a concrete offer, we would consider it and agree the best solution for all concerned.
"Now Levy doesn't want to talk to me and said there is no possibility that I can leave Spurs. He threatened me - he said if I didn't accept the club's stance, they would make me sit on the bench or in the stands."
But Spurs officials are continuing to dig in their heels regarding their playmaker and are adamant that no such understanding is, or was, in place.
It seems probable that Chelsea will make an improved offer for Modric, as new manager Andre Villas-Boas bids to add some creativity to his midfield while also decreasing the average age of his squad.
Modric is understood to want to join a club who will be playing in the UEFA Champions League next season, and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has implied that the player's head has been turned by the attention.
Premier League champions Manchester United have also been linked with an interest, with Sir Alex Ferguson searching for a replacement for the now-retired Paul Scholes.