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Tottenham's Harry Redknapp insists 35m not enough for Luka Modric

22 Jul 2011 14:25:15

Tottenham's Harry Redknapp insists 35m not enough for Luka Modric

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists a bid of ?35million would not meet his valuation of wantaway midfielder Luka Modric. Chelsea have already offered both ?22m and then an improved ?27m bid for the Croatian international, who has handed in a transfer request in an attempt to push through a move away from White Hart Lane. A figure of ?35m has been mentioned as one which would tempt Spurs into selling but Redknapp is eager to hold out for more. Wantaway: Luka Modric has handed in a transfer request at Tottenham 'If we were looking to sell him it wouldn't meet my valuation,' he said. 'I think he is worth an awful lot more money than that. 'Really we're not looking to sell Luka. We need to keep our best players so he is a player that we want to keep if possible. 'It is in the hands of the chairman of the football club [Daniel Levy]. It's not my decision at the end of the day. 'I obviously want to keep him as the coach but the chairman says he is not for sale so we'll have to wait and see. Mod rocker: Modric leads Tottenham out in their first match against Orlando Pirates 'We're quite determined, if we can, to hang onto him but it is a difficult situation. 'It's a difficult one for Luka and it's a difficult one for Tottenham.' Tottenham face Orlando Pirates on Saturday in the Vodacom Challenge final at Ellis Park. Spurs have taken on Kaizer Chiefs and the Pirates on their South African tour so far and Redknapp has been pleased with his side's exertions. He said: 'The preparations have been fantastic and we have had some tough games here. 'I have been very impressed and the football has been of the highest standard.' Bafana Bafana: Spurs' South Africans Steven Pienaar (right) and Bongani Khumalo The former Portsmouth boss has promised to play Bafana Bafana midfielder Steven Pienaar in the tournament finale after he missed the previous two matches with a knee injury. 'I'm happy that Steven is training and looking to give him a start against the Pirates,' he said. 'I'm hoping that he at least gets 45 minutes of action. 'It's his home country and he has been looking forward to playing.'  Redknapp pleads with Modric to stay and insists Spurs can match ambitionOrlando Pirates 1 Tottenham 1: Modric captains Spurs but plans new transfer requestChelsea skipper Terry wants 'world-class' Spurs star Modric at Stamford BridgeVillas-Boas to make Courtois first Chelsea signing but plays down Modric move


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