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Thank you Luka!

Thank you Luka!

We adored our little maestro, perhaps more than any other foreign player to grace White Hart Lane both past and present. He has royally screwed us! There is a way of going about business but the guy just has no class!

Last season within hours of the first Chelsea bid and Luka is releasing press statements expressing his desire to leave the club. He had only just signed a 5 and a half year contract just 6 months prior! He talks of a gentlemens agreement between himself and Levy but I don't buy a single word of it, why? Because it wasn't in his contract and if it's something he wanted there would have been a high valuation placed in the said contract allowing him to leave for the righ price.

This is where I have lost all and any love for a player I once adored. If he goes about business in the right way then we can get a very good fee for him. Ronaldo is slated for his conduct on the field but off the field I had nothing but respect for him and the way he conducted himself! Fergie asked him for one more season and nearly 50 goals later, a CL final, an EPL title and 70-80 million later everyone left happy. Both clubs, players and fans.

We as fans and as a club that took a huge gamble and record transfer fee on a player that was deemed by all as to lightweight for the league deserve far better than this! Now it's almost impossible to drive his price up and in all probability we see less money than Arsenal do for a player who has just 12 months left on his contract!

If he had just behaved with a little class then maybe we could of held the same love for him that United fans still have for Cristiano.

Written by spurticus87



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Writer:spurticus87
Date:Monday July 23 2012
Time: 11:15AM

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Has he not gone yet?
Wilts Spurs
23/07/2012 11:19:00
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Greetings to all of you beautiful Lilywhites out there!Up the Spurs!
MAN ON!
23/07/2012 11:20:00
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Disappointed.
Madaboutspurs
23/07/2012 11:21:00
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Levy should have put a fee on his head last summer, say £50m. We would have got it and massively strengthened the team as a result. This summer it should have been made clear to Modric if we don't get a bid of £40m by the end of July 31st he's not going anywhere. Yes, Modric is greedy scum. But that is the starting point for all footballers. We just need to manage it. For the 'Levy can do no wrong' brigade, I would brace yourself for Berbatov 2 and a shaky start to next season as a result.
StillRickyVilla
23/07/2012 11:23:00
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He has been a good player for us but until the valuation is met he can't leave. The media are not helping by spinning the situation and I am not sure of what truth there is the refuse to train/fly etc stories; however I feel we need to buy 2 strikers and then recoup the money from Modric sale later. If Modric head not right until September like last year we can cope. However facing 3 games in Aug/early Sept with only defoe up front and we may be calling for help to avoid relegation.
Wilts Spurs
23/07/2012 11:24:00
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Im hearing that Luka may be able to buy out his contract with 3 years remaing or £6.2m if this is true the the shift in power will have gont to the player and Levy wll now have to accept defeat and get as much for him as possible, as long as it is outside the Prem. Also hearing AVB wants to part ex with one of RM's young forwards .......................also there is a massive Spurs fans premierleague fantasy football league pin is 64543-21593
Whitehart Lad
23/07/2012 11:25:00
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Look - Luka i agrea player & I wish he had stayed with us. However, I also understand that we did NOT get into the Champions League & so, Modric was always going to go. He is not a fan, this is his job and hewants more money, a new cllenge & to compete at the top. I don't want him in the USA if he is not part of our plans. I want Levy to sell abroad & get top dollar to re-invest. However, there is some balance needed as if this runs and runs, it could cause distractions and we have had a positive few weeks till now. Do it quick Levy & sell abroad. Am I disappointed at Luka leaving the AVB revolution - massively. Do I hate him for going or even 'having' to force a move, NO - because that is press talk up to now. More interested in getting players (STRIKER please) quick, which means Luka out quick. Strategy must be quick & abroad.
Windlespur
23/07/2012 11:27:00
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is a great .....
Windlespur
23/07/2012 11:29:00
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don't sell now let him play for spurs or let the rat rot.play him at his own dirty game.not for sale.
bazdog
23/07/2012 11:33:00
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You don't think Levy is to blame for ANY of this, no? He is not worth £40m, simple as. Aguero didn't even cost City £40m. £27-£30m should be more than enough but your chairman is too tight to see sense. Great player but valuation is retarded. Don't pin all the blame on a player who has done brilliant things at your club.
rojo2010
23/07/2012 11:33:00
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Agree windlespur, strike a 29m deal with add ons upto 35m and move on sharpish
Tottingham10
23/07/2012 11:33:00
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They come, they go, the Cock still crows, move along now sunshine, sign the replacement quickly please. I'd be suprised if Moutinho wasn't already looking at London properties.
Manx Yid
23/07/2012 11:33:00
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Its no different to Berbatov. I really don't understand why fans seem surprised that players don't have the same feeling for the club they do. For the player its just about money. The key difference between Modric and Ronaldo is that with Ronaldo Madrid wanted him badly enough to pay whatever it cost. With Modric they want him if they can get him cheap.
jod
23/07/2012 11:33:00
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As much as we all love (loved???) Modric - i would'ent say he was the most adored foreign player for us. Klinsmann, Ginola, Atouba will always belooked upon in much better ways!
Yid
23/07/2012 11:34:00
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Levy proved last summer that he won't let Modric go unless the price suits us. I can't see how that should upset anyone at all. Modric signed a 6 year contract of his own free will 2 years ago (I don't think Levy put a gun to his head). It has been made absolutely clear to all involved parties that we will let Modric leave with our blessings if a price of £35m or upwards is met. If it isn't then Modric will remain at the club. For once this seems a very clear and simple position. There is no confusion or ambiguity. If Modric continues his supposed self-imposed 'strike' then he won't help his cause one little bit. Levy has proved he holds the cards and is stubborn enough to sit on Modric untill the terms suit Spurs. And quite right he is too! If Modric and his team of representatives have even half a brain between them then they should be frantically trying to encourage Real Madrid to offer £35m or they need to advise Modric to cut his wage demands so the overall deal becomes affordable for Real Madrid bearing in mind they WILL have to pay us at least £35m. The likelihood of agents talking down their client's wages (and by doing so their own fees) is most unlikely. However, in the case of Levy he has already proved that he will not budge. I am absolutely certain that he will let Modric sit in the stands next season if that is what happens rather than let him leave on the cheap. It wouldn't be ideal for the team and it wouldn't help us maximise the return we get from any future sale of Modric if that happens but Levy is hard-headed and stubborn enough to do it.
SpuriousLife
23/07/2012 11:34:00
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I dont believe anything the Press spin. Who's to say he is not on the plane to the U. S because Madrid requested he didnt because the Deal is done? Lets just wait and see.
Spurstrings
23/07/2012 11:35:00
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Manx according to spanish and protugese press (more so in Spain I think) Moutinho is in advanced talks with Spurs which is maybe why we are draging the Luka thing out until we have a deal agreed and in place to sign Moutinho. Not sure how much of that is true but lets keep fingers crossed
Whitehart Lad
23/07/2012 11:37:00
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I don't care if he leaves for nothing in 2016. Levy should stick to his guns. If he refuses to play, I am sure he does not need to get paid. Windlespur - yeah he wants to move on. That is cool. But you can do things the right way. Spurs have indicated they are prepared to sell. Has Modric for starters even handed in a proper transfer request. Chances is no since he wants his cut!
spurs_sa
23/07/2012 11:37:00
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It's just a bloody shame we were not able to say bye to Luka who has been a superb player for us. He is getting shafted by Levy who convinced him to sign a 4 year deal so his stock woould rise, now he is playing around with hsi future. Imagine you wanted to go to a new job and your bos was been arsey with you just to prove a point. So I hope you get the move you want Luka and hope you are successful as I am sure you will be. Good luck wee man!. Now lets worry about the players we do have and who will be representing us in the prem next season.HHXX
Horny Helen
23/07/2012 11:37:00
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Whitehart Lad - I doubt the truth in that otherwise he would have already done it and Tevez would most likely have done the same thing previous.

At the end of the day, Luka is under contract, a contract that he and his agent quite happily reviewed and signed quite happily. If a player has the right to use a contract when it suits them (injuries) why should a club be bullied into allowing a player to break the legislation when it does not?

I'm quite happy for Spurs to make an example and sacrafice 27mil disciplining Modric. He is tarnishing his own career and only has himself to blame for not conducting a professional approach to the situation. We understand Modric is looking out for his best interest (even though they changed from a 6year deal at Spurs to a transfer request within 6 months) but the club also has to protect itself.

People say that "holding Modric to ransom" is cutting our noses off to spite our faces, but i firmly believe if we allow this transfer to take place solely on the basis because Modric wants it, we open the floodgates for abuse. Players will make similar demands knowing that their are no reprocussions and Spurs will be a toy or stepping stone for players to use and abuse as and when they choose.

Modric adhere to your legal obligations or suffer the same fate as Tevez. There will be no way back into the good books if you refuse to play and you will essentially ruin your career in the process.
RyanHotSpur
23/07/2012 11:37:00
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The Luka saga stinks of an underhand agent being involved. A big pay day that they are after i think.
Mickeys1969
23/07/2012 11:39:00
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Most adored foreign player. Surely Ossie!
Darbinho
23/07/2012 11:40:00
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I don't believe a player should hold a club to ransom, but then an unhappy player at a club will potentially cause more problems than it's worth. Therefore, sell him to the highest bidder, doesn't matter where, what matters is the value as this is re-investment funds. Let him go to Chelski, Manure, Citeh, P$G or Madrid. Let him learn the hard way, because he will quickly become another fish in another pond rather than one of the biggest fish in a pond. Do you really think Modric will go to Real and become the main man? If he want to earn big money for being a bit part player then let him go, he could have been a legend at Spurs and with the AVB revolution who really knows whether he is making the right decision???
yiddyboy
23/07/2012 11:41:00
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Instead of unleashing the media on a frenzy of speculation - why don't we just come out and make a formal club statement that there is a deadline of 31st July for a bid to be received of £35m. If we receive it he can go. If we don't he stays for another year. Then its a black and white issue. We hold all the aces here i don't know why we are letting the media speculation bully us and unsettle our pre-season preperations.
StillRickyVilla
23/07/2012 11:43:00
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rojo2010 - A players valuation is based on the need to keep that player at the club and how much someone is prepared to pay. Wether or not Modric is worth 30mil to Madrid, the cost of replacing would exceed 30mil so ofcourse this is a minimum in the sellers eyes. Nothing is retarded about that apart from someone that can't grasp that. RVP is being sold at 20mil+ with 1 year on his contract. He is in demand for having one good season but a terrible Euros. How do you work that one out?
RyanHotSpur
23/07/2012 11:43:00
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I'm sorry guys but there are ways of doing things honourably. Look at Michael Carrick. He really was the heart of our midfield at the time. ManU came knocking and he said, "I want to play for them. I've got a year left on my contract. If you don't sell me now, I'll stay at Spurs and give them 100% in every game but I'll leave on a free when my contract is up. Or you can sell me now and make money on the deal." (Which we did and made £18m I think.) An honourable player who did exactly what he said and didn't spit his dummy out. LUKA TAKE NOTE.
spurboy61
23/07/2012 11:44:00
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Levy will stand firm on this if Real don't match the price. With a four year contract of just £40K per week, we can afford to let him rot in the reserves. And if he's disruptive, we'll just keep fining him! No-one is bigger than this club. COYS!
ParkLane67
23/07/2012 11:44:00
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FREEDOM FOR LUKA MODRIC HAHA
Rip The Reds Apart
23/07/2012 11:46:00
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This is all thanks to Florentino Perez. The slimiest football President this side of the Atlantic! He's a property developer for christs sake, how can anyone expect him to behave with decorum! He is agitating Modric to make a stink. They will pay eventually, just want to create a big saga about it so he seems to have 'won', once he gets his man. Perez will pay more or less Levy's asking fee, this is just public grandstanding! Luka is a silly boy, but we must never forget that we purchased him, he is not English, has not supported Spurs his whole life and no player alive would be able to turn down Madrid. He is being poorly advised right now, and should begin training immediately, but I do have to give him credit for the way he got on with it after last summer. Leaving Spurs for a bigger club is much more acceptable, leaving Chelsea wouldn't of been!
Tactically Challenge
23/07/2012 11:48:00
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There is a report that we are in advanced negotiations for Moutino. If true then most of what we hear reported is probably b*llocks and the Modic deal is also being thrashed out.
BigSpur
23/07/2012 11:49:00
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Anyone else hearing the rumours that Levy may have to step down for a while whilst he attends to his wife in the states? Not sure if this is more ITK bull cr*p but I wonder if this will have an effect on the Modric saga?
Milestones
23/07/2012 11:50:00
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Most beloved foreign import...I dont think so! His stock with fans dropped last year pushing for a move and now going on strike( maybe ) this year looking to leave again. Not a bit of class...just another mercenary. Look back at Ossie Ardiles and there you will see one of the most loved foreign players we have ever had.
CapeVerdeSpur
23/07/2012 11:52:00
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La le la la La le la la...hey hey you ugly madder facker! This piece of ***** gettin on me tetz. If i was Levy i would make an official statement now to the public 35mill deal or no deal. If Real dont want to pay more than 27 i would also make it public that Real Madrid deal is off. Why the fack PSG and Man City all quiet on this now that we are ready to facking sell! COYMFS!!!
JattYid
23/07/2012 11:53:00
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We need to have Moutinho or whoever lined up as well as Adebayour and possibly 2 other strikers with the Modric money. Its a complex situation because obviously Porto etc themselves will want to get in their replacements and intergrate their teams. The worst possible outcome is we hold on until the 31st Aug and get say £30m as a compromise and a couple of loan signings to tide us over. i.e Fraizer Campbell and Rasiak!
StillRickyVilla
23/07/2012 11:53:00
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Does Pat Jennings count as foreign?
RyanHotSpur
23/07/2012 11:55:00
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rojo, we all know that players are not worth the money paid, but it comes down to replacement cost. If we have to pay 30m for unproven PL Moutinho then Modric is worth more than that and we should hold out for it under his 4 years still to run contract.
COYS R US
23/07/2012 11:57:00
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JattYid - Have City ever wanted Modric? PSG have made pretty big signings already.
RyanHotSpur
23/07/2012 11:57:00
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Ha Ha rojo thats why were one of the most financially sound clubs in the world!!!!!!!!
Whitehart Lad
23/07/2012 11:59:00
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I cannot believe some people on here are actually sticking up for Modric. I couldn’t give a flying phuck if it’s his agent that’s telling him not to train etc he has a brain and makes his own decisions. How is Levy holding Modric to ransom?? He has put a very fair price on his head, considering he has got 4 years PL experience, is in his prime, has CL experience IS CONTRACTED FOR ANOTHER 5 YEARS and has just had a fantastic Euros. We are being quoted upwards of £30m for players who (as harry rightly said) couldn’t lace Modric boots. Why should we bend over and take it again. If real want him as much as they seem to then just pay the money

It seems that they don’t want to trade any of their decent players either, ok Higuain turned us down but according to the people who know, we have treid top include 3-4players as part of a deal, and Madrid have said no to all of them. They think they can get away with £20m+ Carvallo FFS!! TBH the way they are acting says to me that they aren’t that bothered about him, and its more Luka agent that’s pushing for the deal!!

Anyway, the Modric situation simply cannot rule our whole transfer window which it seems to be doing. First pre season game tomorrow and we have Defoe and Kane as our options. I really feel sorry for AVB if this is how we are going to start the season. We need at least 3-4 more players to give him the best chance. WE HAVE NO PHUCKING STRIKERS!! This is starting to remind me of typical phucking spurs.
hudderspur
23/07/2012 12:00:00
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Most loved foreign import? Perhaps we should have a poll. My vote would go to David Ginola. Great to watch, always loyal, and always more than happy to sign autographs, chat with the fans or pose for photos. I'm afraid Modders is not fit to lace his boots!
ParkLane67
23/07/2012 12:04:00
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He never has to kick a ball again for spurs and still conduct himself in a decent manner. He could have tolled the AVB that he wouldn't be travelling so at least they could cook a cover story to show harmony in the squad. His attitude really seems to be at odds witht he rest of the squad. I for one don't understadn it, the club will let him go, but we need a valuation closer to what we want will we get 40 million for him no but you can;t really negoiate when your commodity behaves like this.
Slurms McKenzie
23/07/2012 12:06:00
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Ryan since when do Man City buy players they need, they the sorta club that pounces on any world class talent! Not as if they really need Van Persie but i presume they will. Point is the year we actually willing to sell a sellable asset none of the big spenders are coming forward!
JattYid
23/07/2012 12:09:00
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Also how does VDV seem certain the Luka situ be sorted in 3-4 days!? Maybe he been speaking to someone senior at the club
JattYid
23/07/2012 12:12:00
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Pienaar's behaved so much better about his move. It's clear he wanted to go and to Everton and Everton only. He even shed a tear when asked about his future last year but his conduct has allowed us to get our asking price. He's never sulked, never refused to train or play and when questioned in the press over the summer he's even spoken of his will to try and prove himself to AVB. Fair play to him, he deserves his move.
Spurs Allday
23/07/2012 12:13:00
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The difficulty for you guys is that we were the only ones prepared to give you even close to £40m (crazy IMHO) and you turned it down, which of course was your perogative. Now, 1 year on, with Modric having a reasonable season (not great by any means!), you find yourselves in a position where the guys wants to go again, but the big money sale option is no longer on the table. Chances are that you're going to be stuck with a player whom many of the fans are beginning to dislike, a player who really doesn't want to play for you, and a player who's value is going to drop rapidly whether a) he doesn't play or b) he plays cr@p as he isn't motivated to perform. The best bet is to put him up for transfer at £35-40m publically and send agents around the Russian and Chinese leagues to get shot of him. If he stays then you're going to have to deal with a Tevez like scenario which couldn't come at a worse time with a new manager trying to impart a new "team unity". I seriously don't envy you guys in the coming months
Bizarre_Blue
23/07/2012 12:14:00
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Most financially sound in the world? Really, I've never heard that. What's your source? Ryan, RVP is in demand because he's a goal machine. Do you think he had a bad Euros or do you think the Dutch had a bad Euros? And a buying club (Real Madrid) don't value a player based on what he's worth to Spurs, they make an offer based on market valuation, of which £27m + add-ons seems like fair trade. If Levy doesn't like it, then he accepts or refuses. In this case it's a risky strategy to refuse because the more Modric kicks up a fuss, the further away from Spurs valuation it's getting. COYSRUS, is Moutinho really the only other option for Spurs, does he even want to go to Spurs, have Spurs made an offer for him? What if your scouts have unearthed a 'new' Modric for £5m... would it be okay to accept £27m then? Is your entire argument based on buying Moutinho?
rojo2010
23/07/2012 12:17:00
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Bizarre_Blue, thats about the nuts and bolts of it. Yet most on here will have you believe Levy is the dogs nuts and its all part of his master plan! As i say, Berbatov 2 here we come.
StillRickyVilla
23/07/2012 12:17:00
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Bizarre_Blue more or less nail ont he head there chap but is Real's valuation based on buying modric or buying a guy who is behaving like modric? i.e. we'll give you a cut price offer to take a problem off your hands hawking him off to the Russians (in Russia!) or the Chinese would be a nice kind of justice where he still gets his big fat pay cheque which now seems to be his only objective. Shameful behaviour from a quality player.
Slurms McKenzie
23/07/2012 12:24:00
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I never understood the "this player is worth £xm" argument. There are only two values on a player.... The one the club thinks he's worth and the one that the buying clubs think he's worth. A player can be much more valuable to their own team due to things like shirt sales, media monies etc; and this can drive up their market value. But in the case of Modric, I wouldn't really think he was a huge shirt seller world wide, and he doesn't really pose much marketability outside of his home country which is quite a poor commercial market. That means his worth to you guys is only going to be based on his performance and ability to influence how the team plays. If his performances start to turn cr@p if he has a temper tantrum then in effect he'll become worthless for you. That's a very dangerous position to take if you want to ever make any money from him. As I said, best bet is to find some mad club owner in Russia or China who will pay over the odds and take him off your hands!
Bizarre_Blue
23/07/2012 12:25:00
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Just sell him for 35mil!!! Bizarre_Blue is right - I don't want him around if he keeps on pubically announcing he wants out. We could get a decent replacement and a good backup stiker/RW with the money. You no like chicken badge - Me no like Rat Faces!
MrPaddytheyid
23/07/2012 12:26:00
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Huddersfield, absolutely. Whilst most on here will be creaming themselves at Levy playing hardball and wringing an extra £2m out of Madrid by 31st Aug, poor old AVB is left with no strikers and a big hole in our midfield to prepare for the new season with. Same old Levy. Same old Spurs. Kane and Defoe upfront v Newcastle and Jenas or Thudd in midfield. Great. Whilst Chelsea are fully blending in, throughout preseason, a string of £25m+ signings. Good luck AVB.
StillRickyVilla
23/07/2012 12:28:00
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I'm not bothered that the love child of Gail platt and Robert Carlyle wants to leave, I don't mind that he says he wants to leave in public. Spurs have agreed to sell him for the right price! The right price will have to be negotiated between us and a prospective buying club. What really rankles me is his behaviour since he annouced he wants to leave. To go on "strike" (i don't want a free sun holiday in L.A.) is one thing but to not tell your current coach and team mates that you are in fact on strike is deeply disrespectful and is unforgivable. His position is now untenable. He must be sold now and his value has been dropped by his own actions.
Slurms McKenzie
23/07/2012 12:36:00
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Jennings left us for Arsenal, Hoddle via Monaco, for Chelsea. (A certiain Mr.Wenga was Monaco coach at the time)! Both, ofcourse, where eventually welcomed back to Spurs with opened arms. Pat and Glen are two of many great, past Spurs legends, that have given me some fantastic memories of great and entertaining football at WHL. Luka has, at times, shown wonderful skills, and been at the hub of some great, open, attacking play.He is part responsible for my current optimism, as a supporter, that gives me hope for a coming season of yet more exciting football in the grand ol' Tottenham style. Thankyou LM but good luck and goodbye!
MAN ON!
23/07/2012 12:41:00
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Bazdog - let him rot in the reserves until end of contract ? Are you sure this will benefit our beloved Club ? Think about it. We need the money from his transfer to re-invest & we need him off our payroll. All the other stuff is simply press Buuullllshiiiite. The deal to sell him is close & inevitable, hence, sensibly he is not in usa. A reality check & all this talk about INVESTMENT - we have used the money from Pav, Niko & Charlie to buy Sigg / Vert & also saved on Saha/Nelson/King wages. At the moment, again, we are in profit. That is fine & Levy runs a great stable ship for us, but highlights how we need to sell Modric & get in a replacement + goalie + Striker. Rumours are: Butland (or Lloris), Adebayor & Benzema - would be nice. OR - let him rot in reserves & have Kane upfront ?
Windlespur
23/07/2012 12:41:00
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Why not give him the "Escape to Victory" treatment like they did on the goalkeeper. That way he'll just disappear off of everyone's radar as his arm is badly broken, then we can discuss something positive on this god damn website. Modric is doing what everyone on this forum would do if they were in his position. Money talks people and don't kid yourself by trying to bring loyalty into the question. We would ALL follow the money, end of!
yiddyboy
23/07/2012 12:43:00
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Sorry yiddyboy there a ways of conducting yourself which are decent and honourable to try and achieve your goals, hand in your tranfers request fore-go your big transfer bonus and show you are a true professional who's only interest in moving is for footballing reasons (even if that is Bulldoody and you are only interested in big bucks). Leave with your head held high and your old club lauding you as a true great...
Slurms McKenzie
23/07/2012 12:53:00
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If a deal is done, why has it not gone through? because as a club we need to move on and get in a replacement. If he is going to be part of THFC season, why was he not on the plane to the states? The biggest problem and i ask any of you, if you really wanted OUT, would you not put in a transfer request? This borders on the ridiculous, we don't want to go down the Tevez route and have him sitting in the stand refusing to play, we have all seen this happen before with Berbato$$. This is about THFC, far bigger then Luka ''RATMAN'' Modric..
spu 4 life
23/07/2012 12:55:00
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I've said it before and I'll say it again there are three types of people in this world, those that can add and those that can't...
Slurms McKenzie
23/07/2012 13:01:00
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The problem for you guys might start with the money, but it doesn't end there. Realistically you aren't quite ready to win the league with your current squad (the need for a striker is one gaping hole), and the only other major competition available is Europa which can be a lottery to win just like the Champ League. With that in mind Modric is likely to have had his head turned by another club that is more likely to win a major trophy in the coming season (Madrid) where he could likely be part of a team that will win the Spanish League and also stand a solid chance of the Champions League too. Even if you offered him the same wages that they would, it won't be enough to keep him at this point. Just take a look at what happened to Liverpool with Alonso, Mascherano and Torres. 3 key players who opted to leave a strong club to persue potential silverware elsewhere. Yes of course money comes into it, but none of those 3 players would have stay with the scousers even if they had offered new contracts on equal wages. That's just the way of the world unfortunately. I dread the day when the likes of Mata, Luiz, Courtois or Hazard decide that they can become part of something they think is bigger by shifting off to Barca or Madrid (or maybe PSG by that point!!). The important thing is that no player should ever be bigger than the club and I applauded Mancini in the way he dealt with Tevez. You don't want to play for us? Fine; here's how much we'll sell you for, so go find somewhere new or rot in the reserves. Same goes for Modric.... Stick a competative price on him on a transfer list and let him go where ever he wants as long as you get paid for it. If he decides not to make a transfer work with his wage demands (like Tevez did) then so be it.... Enjoy the reserves training! One thing we've experienced is just how ruthless AVB can be towards players who don't want to be part of his projects (Anelka & Alex!). For me I'm watching this situation with interest on how Levy manages to do the best thing for the club without losing face over the £40m turned down last season. Right now that £27m from Madrid would be looking awfully tempting to me! But even then you'd need to find another £5m plus extra wages to land Moutinho or close to another £10m plus wages to land Hulk, and even then you still have a striker to find!
Bizarre_Blue
23/07/2012 13:05:00
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rojo2010 - My argument is based on the cost of realistically replacing him. Anyone of Modric's calibre is going to cost in the region of 30mil unless you're extremely lucky. Sure Madrid will only offer what they seem reasonable, but the power is always with the selling club. It's a player that we don't actually want shot of, so how can we accept anything less than our valuation so early in the transfer season. Modric can go on deadline day when the offer is at it's maximum. If Spurs aren't willing to sell to Madrid because they believe Modric is worth more, or simply and solely to make an example of his poor behaviour i'm fully behind that.

As for RVP, is he really a goal machine. This is the first time he has actually played a full season in something like a decade? He is approaching old age and has a year on his contract, yet you feel Arsenal's valuation of him is justified when realistically clubs can hang around for 6 months and offer the chap a better wage packet. Modric is still under contract for a very long time so he should be better advised of his actions before he destroys his career.
RyanHotSpur
23/07/2012 13:06:00
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I prefer we to hold him until we get 40 million pounds, even if it takes last minute of transfer window. Tell yoiu guys a secret, Luka Modric is able to activate the Webster Ruling in 6 months time if I'm not wrong and he is able to buy out his remaining of his contract, so he can buy 3 years of his contract or Real Madrid help him buy out his contract, so I would rather sell him before the transfer window close, even if it might drag very long, just to get the correct price.
what_sux
23/07/2012 13:09:00
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I agree with Avb on this. He only made it worse for himself.Levy was willing to let him leave for the right price and wouldn't stand in his way but now after all this bull***** from modric Levys stance on the situation has . Wool he still makeit easy for modric to leave for his dream club Madrid. I get the feeling that Levy will now not only play hardball but will do his best to make sure modric pays for this. He showed last year he neededhe can and he will stand in a players way. Modric has *****ed off the one man at spurs that you don't want to ***** off. He needed Levy on his side and for some reason he *****ed him off. If modric , real Madrid or his agent think this is a smart thing to do then they are sadly mistaken.
TallaghtSpurs
23/07/2012 13:09:00
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Bizarre_Blue - I think Spurs fans would be happier recieving 27mil from RM than they would 40m from Chelsea. It's never a good idea to sell good players to your rivals, especially when they are situated so locally. The fact that you won the champions league probably hurt Modric a little too, seeing as he could have been part of that if we had sold last summer. You make some very good points which is pretty suprising seeing as we've had some total morons from VC visit us recently, however, as long as Modric doesn't unsettle the rest of the team and his demands are not met so willingly, i will be satisfied.
RyanHotSpur
23/07/2012 13:11:00
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If Fabregas and Hazard are worth £30m+ then £27m for Modric (£10.5m more than we paid for him) is not enough imo. I think they are about £6m shy of the absolute minimum.
Guyver
23/07/2012 13:12:00
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what_sux - Madrid are probably aware of that then and it's possibly the reason behind a 27mil bid as opposed to 35mil. They are afterall in no rush to sign talent and i think they would quite happily wait 6 months if it saved them a small fortune.
RyanHotSpur
23/07/2012 13:13:00
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Bizzare_Blue, good post and you have nailed it again. You are right its not ALL about money as someone said above. Players also want the best chance of winning trophies and to play on the biggest stage. Its a shame Modric has taken this stance now, because everything about the new AVB era is really positive right now. He's making all the right noises about challenging on all 4 fronts and eventually for the title. I for one, am really looking forward to the European nights next season, a competition that Harry completely disrespected throwing in en masse reserves and youth players, yet a competition that would have been fantastic to be a part of in the latter stages or even final. Would be an amazing trip to Amsterdam if we can make the final next season!
StillRickyVilla
23/07/2012 13:14:00
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I have nearly sold my car, but I didn'twant to take it with me on my trip abroad incase it gets damaged. Recently I've noticed that it won't start for me when I want it to, I hope the new owner doesn't have this problem. The other reason I haven't sold it just yet, is I need to get my new car lined up or I'll be walking around for a while and If you walk into a showroom the price of a new car sudden jumps when they know you really need to buy...
Slurms McKenzie
23/07/2012 13:16:00
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I agree Ryan. Selling to a competitor has its own risks involved, especially if that competitor becomes stronger as a result. The only thing I don't agree with is how you value Modric at £40m now. Allow me to explain.... If Modric's key value to you is based on his impact on your playing level (which I can only assume to be true as he isn't a very strong marketable player unlike a Drogba or a Messi), then what he's worth to you only depends on how well he plays and impacts the team. In his latest stunt he's clearly unsettling the situation and given how many times he appeared to be not present on the pitch for you when his head wasn't in it it can only go on to lower his value further. Cost to replace is a completely different arguement. As someone says above, if you found the next "Modric" who only cost you £15m instead of £30m, it doesn't mean Modric is worth £15m less. The concern for any team (And as I'm writing this Laudrup is saying something similar on the video feed) is when a player no longer wants to be part of a club which will naturally lower his commitment on the pitch unless they are a true professional; but then a true professional wouldn't be in this situation in the first place! Also with regard to VC.... We've had some unsavoury characters from VS over there too. Part and parcel of having so many clubs part of 1 "mother-site" I'm afraid.... Still, one of my best mates is a huge Spurs fan and we always tend to have some cracking debates on footy. For the record he doesn't think Modric is worth £40m (unless he was being sold to Us or Arsenal.... Then it's £50m! ha ha!)
Bizarre_Blue
23/07/2012 13:20:00
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we didnt get in the CL because of the players like modric not doing it on the pitch he has to ***** off now no more of this not in right frame of mind ********* to ruin our start to the day
E17YID
23/07/2012 13:29:00
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E17YID - We didn't get in the CL not because of Luka Modric, is because the one that talk too much, the one that has no loyalty, the one that keep playing his favorites, the one that flirt with the England job.
what_sux
23/07/2012 13:36:00
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Most adored foreign player? Surely Bale, no? lol.
Total knobhead
23/07/2012 13:36:00
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Bizarre_Blue - Me and your friend seem to have similar thoughts. Ofcourse i don't think Modric is worth 40mil, nearer 30mil in my own estimates. I'd be quite happy to sell him for 27mil if we tied up Moutinho for 27mil. It's just a big hit to lose a player like Modric and be left with someone like Huddlestone to fill his boots. I think Spurs had the intention of signing Oscar for 20mil and selling Modric for 27mil initially, but as that deal fell through, Modric is going to have to wait. Avoiding training was a very silly move though.
RyanHotSpur
23/07/2012 13:39:00
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I think levy is playing clever on the sale of Modric. I think he now he can can close to the asking price and will sell for around 32 mil. I also do not think the tha Modric money is needed to be in teh "bank account" before we spend out on new players.

This is where levy is clever. We will continue to do our transfers while fighting with RM to get the right price we deserve for a player of madric's ability, even if that means going through right until thelast minute. The books will be babalnced by the start of the season anyway.

If levy shows signs of weakness by just giving in to the first, second or even third offer that falls way below the market value of this type of player, it will open to the floodgates to all the agents togop out and tout there player to new potential clubs knowing that levy can crack.

Levy will sell when he is ready and the price is right for Spurs, and the player, agent or purchasing club will not push him or bully him any other way. I'll say it again - I really do not think that the sale of Modric will dictate our transfer dealins. Its a case of when and how much for Modric as he will be sold, but I gurantee that it will be for more then the 27 mil RM are offering.
mattspurs
23/07/2012 13:44:00
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StillRickyVilla - I would like to agree that it's not all about the money but i believe it is. He said Chelsea was his preferred choice over Manchester last summer. Manchester (no offence Chavski) are much more likely to win trophies. They have a history for it. Chelsea are megarich, if City came along, i recon Modric would say "City is my dream move".
RyanHotSpur
23/07/2012 13:44:00
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Matt – Recent dealings blow a big hole in your argument mate. IF we were signing players and were just holding out for the best offer then fair play, but we aren’t. I don’t know whats going on behind the scenes but we are about to take a brilliant exciting summer and turn it into a disaster in proportions of the whole Berba issue. We need 2 strikers, a midfielder and a keeper, and although levy does tend to play his cards close to his chest we don’t seem to be anywhere near signing any of them. If we had say Moutinho, Lloris, Ade and Hulk signed I wouldn’t really give a flying feck about modric. But the fact is, we obviously do need to sell him before we buy, which does us no favours as real Madrid have plenty of options in that area.
hudderspur
23/07/2012 14:11:00
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