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Now I'm not sure whether this is a sudden realisation that Spurs really are his dream club, he cannot afford the fines or he has accepted that his one man strike isn't the way to win friends, influence people or get his move to Spain. Now I have never taken our No14 as being a militant individual, but equally I can't imagine him suddenly deciding that Spurs are where his future lies, though perhaps talking to a few friends in the team camp may well make him think twice, especially as AVB was so keen to buy him last summer.

The Cynic in me says that his return is all about the money and perhaps a threat of the club making him rot instead of looking to negotiate his sale, though in todays game, I wonder how possible or practical that would be. Is there however a possibility that he realises that the club wont sell him to another English club and that perhaps Real Madrid have decided to cool their interest in the knowledge that they can't or won't meet Tottenham's asking price, which leaves the player, where?

Perhaps PSG would again come in, but has he already snubbed them and several other potential suitors in putting all his eggs into the Madrid basket? Clearly any club will take varying degrees of exception to a player that dismisses them one minute in preference to someone else, only to change his mind, when his dream deal breaks down.

Of course our No14 is a very good player, but as some have already asked, is he really a £40m one? For me that is an inflated figure and if I were Madrid, I don't think I would be willing to pay such a high price for a player that might not even be an automatic pick for the first team. Are Spurs being unreasonable? Was the Chelsea bid last summer really that high? And finally what does he really bring to the table, that makes his such an indispensable player for the team, whoever that team may be?

It seems that Spurs fans are now either resigned to losing the player, no longer bothered or actually want rid of the rat faced ...... But is there a way back for the player if he now settles down and returns to the fold? I assume that the club would welcome a demotivated Luka to the team and he would still play a big part in our season, but for me, he has to show his commitment, whether that is signing a new deal or simply showing his loyalty in terms of physical or verbal application to the club and its new regime. How good would it be to hear him talk glowingly of the new manager and set up and effectively hold his hands up in claiming he was wrong to rock the boat?

Personally I still think the player will leave this summer, and perhaps AVB secretly wants rid and to replace him with Moutinho or another target, but equally is there a potential for player and club to sort out any differences and build on what looks to be a very bright future or is this all just a forced position, until a deal can finally be struck to everyones satisfaction???



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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Tuesday July 24 2012
Time: 12:24PM

Comments

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Hope he goes we need.players who want to wear the shirt
waztap
24/07/2012 12:29:00
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FIRSTly, I'd like to welcome him back
Madaboutspurs
24/07/2012 12:29:00
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IMO he will leave. It is just a matter when and at what price.
taniban
24/07/2012 12:30:00
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damn you was gonna write exactly the same thing lol
norwichspur
24/07/2012 12:30:00
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I actually think his wife heard he was getting fined and duly sent him back to work immediately.
Madaboutspurs
24/07/2012 12:31:00
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Moutinho in Number 14 out
norwichspur
24/07/2012 12:31:00
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As much as I love him, he is very replaceable, commit or get lost
MattieTHFC
24/07/2012 12:33:00
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Sorry norwichspurs. Gotta get creative these days, yet must still be fast;-)
Madaboutspurs
24/07/2012 12:33:00
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Don't take the ***** boys....
oxfordspur
24/07/2012 12:35:00
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I think Modric is most likely going to leave us and I think it is best for all parties. I hope these protracted issues does not jeopardise our chance of getting a good replacement in. I mean really it is now 2 seasons in a row Modric has caused trouble. Enough is enough. Sorry ox :-(
Madaboutspurs
24/07/2012 12:38:00
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I think we should make Modric Captain for next season.
Rapm
24/07/2012 12:39:00
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but seriously it's just a matter of waiting for Madrid toup their bid to 35 Mil and the deal will be done I reckon.
Rapm
24/07/2012 12:43:00
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Moutinho will hopefully replace him but hope we spend some.money soon on a striker
waztap
24/07/2012 12:44:00
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apologies ox mate....did you get my suggestion for next poll
norwichspur
24/07/2012 12:44:00
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I don't think Real have offered more than £27M. Levy/ AVB will probably take £35M, but it's in Real's court to make the next move. Of course if Modders were to hand in a transfer request and give up some of his transfer bonuses it might help matters along
ParkLane67
24/07/2012 12:45:00
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We have had issues with strikers for umpteenth years now, if not mistaken since Berba and Keano walked out on us what, 4 years ago. What's going on! There must be some descent strikers out there that our less than able scouts are just not finding. 4 weeks and counting to season starting. What has happened to our free spending ways in the last 2 weeks. Was our new found financial prowess just a mirage in the horiszon?
Madaboutspurs
24/07/2012 12:48:00
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captain sure of the academy squad let him rot
whitechina
24/07/2012 12:48:00
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sorry to the academy players for letting u have an ungrateful **** in your ranks
whitechina
24/07/2012 12:49:00
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still think he is off and we will break our transfer record twice this transfer window
norwichspur
24/07/2012 12:52:00
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He's definitely replaceable. I hate to use the argument often used against him, but the fact he doesn't score a lot makes him more replaceable. It's not like Arsenal trying to replace van Persie for example. He's an exceptional player though, which is why we're asking a lot of money for him. I'm definitely not getting into the "is he worth it" thing, because footballers generally aren't worth what people pay, but we know that it'll cost us £30m to replace Modric with Moutinho, so we absolutely need the £35m we're asking, otherwise it's not worth the risk.
Bernio Villas-Spuras
24/07/2012 12:53:00
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Whitechina as much as we would love him to rot it will never happen as we cant afford to do that with our most expensive asset...A.V.B needs the funds generated from his sale
norwichspur
24/07/2012 12:54:00
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Rumours are that LEVY has told his agent / Real Madrid that 'no more negotiations until he starts training again'. Funny though how the Sun today says Modric flew out to USA. They also said he went on Strike, Adebayor move is off as wage demands gone up & Adebayor move now close. There is a lesson in there somewhere.......................
Windlespur
24/07/2012 12:57:00
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How about straight swap with Porto
norwichspur
24/07/2012 12:57:00
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He wont be signing a new deal. He wont be quoted in any press conferences as THFC wouldnt put him in that position. He wont be kissing the "chicken badge" if he scores. He isnt passionate about Spurs or English football for that matter. But.....he is a very good player. I would welcome him back but I would also welcome some competition for him.
bish-10
24/07/2012 12:58:00
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Winndle so is it on or off...confussed now
norwichspur
24/07/2012 12:59:00
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norwichspur- contradicting myself I agree but how nice would it be if we could afford to do it and maybe others would follow. it makes me made these guys earn more in a week playing football! when some of us- well you get my drift
whitechina
24/07/2012 12:59:00
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this is either going 2 ways.. either Levy has basically threatened him, along with the fine, that he wont be sold if this continues.... or ... we wont sell him at all... we know that YES he is in AVB's plans as he was in his plans when he made the offer while still with the Chavs.. AVB regards him as a top top player... and regardless of wot a player like Mountinho can offer (which i personally think is a bit more of an attacking option).... "OUR" No14 is a top top player and with all said and done... would be a big player for us next year with the right striking additions... and alongside a midfield of Siggy and Bale in a 4-1-3-2....... with hopefully Ade and whoever.....
Yidmarks
24/07/2012 13:03:00
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still think we should get in there and buy Benat Extebarria "the playmaker".... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF_bqmggbz0 as competition to whoever will be out 1st team playmaker.... i actually think that Siggy and Bale will this season shine for our beloved lillywhites..... both have that attacking mentality... Siggy will give us that shooting option from outside the box...
Yidmarks
24/07/2012 13:07:00
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Dont really give a flying fack.....Did AVB bring in that fit portugese physio he had at chelski by the way?
JattYid
24/07/2012 13:11:00
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We are selling Modric, sadly for me, but no option now. If he were still in our plans, he would be in USA now. The only reason he is training again, is because Levy stated, NO NEGOTIATIONS until he does. No choice given. Norwich - my point was about BS in the press & their love of publishing crap to unsettle us. Think Ade is on & Modric will go - can't see it, but I would prefer both in or other way round if anything. Just hope another Striker joins Ade in.
Windlespur
24/07/2012 13:13:00
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why do i always forget BAE.... it must be his hair...
Yidmarks
24/07/2012 13:14:00
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Starting XI (4-1-3-2)
LLORIS (GK)
WALKER (LB)
VERTS (CB)
KABOOM (CB)
SANDRO (DCM)
MODRIC (CAM)
SIGGY (RAM)
BALE (LAM)
ADE (ST)
VDV / BORIELLO / LEWANDOWSKI / HULK / FALCAO (ST)
Yidmarks
24/07/2012 13:14:00
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Starting XI (4-1-3-2)

LLORIS (GK)
WALKER (LB)
VERTS (CB)
KABOOM (CB)
BAE (LB)
SANDRO (DCM)
MODRIC (CAM)
SIGGY (RAM)
BALE (LAM)
ADE (ST)
VDV / BORIELLO / LEWANDOWSKI / HULK / FALCAO (ST)
Yidmarks
24/07/2012 13:16:00
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I don't like the fact that we can't post FIRST anymore yet the author of the site can quote "Rat-Face" to a player of ours. I find this quite immature really, and lets be honest do you need to be an oil painting to be a good footballer? Who cares what Modric looks like, we are on the verge of losing a very talented player due to IMO, issues relating to the previous manager and not qualifying for the champions league. He has a short career to win trophies, I think Spurs can provide that be it looks like Mr Modric has another impression. If he wants to leave then we need to sell him at a price that suits us not him. I'd love him to stay but will he create more issues within the camp? Does AVB want someone like that around?
yiddyboy
24/07/2012 13:16:00
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still think REMY.. BERBATOV.. STURRIDGE.. DAMAIO.. are all still good options to strengthen our team.....
Yidmarks
24/07/2012 13:22:00
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Lloris is not going to happen, or ant other GK this summer. Brad did a reasonably job last season and has at least one more season left in him, maybe two seasons. Much more urgent are Modric replacement and strikers, spend the money where it's most needed. GK can wait until next summer. As for people continually calling Modric "rat face" or similar, I'm sure everybody on here are not "adonis" types and nobody can help, or are at fault for their looks. Take a look in a mirror before you make fun of other peoples looks.
Hot_Spur
24/07/2012 13:36:00
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A long hot summer awaits. I am pleased with our tranfer activity so far but all deals appear to drag. Surely Ade should have signed and Pienaar been sold by now. Looks like Lloris will be done this week and if Ade is too then we will just need a striker and if mod goes a new mid. Not terrible but only 3 weeks to get strike force on same wavelenght as midfield worries me a bit.
Wilts Spurs
24/07/2012 13:39:00
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Hot-spur i just see adonis in my mirror.....i wish
norwichspur
24/07/2012 13:41:00
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I Agree With Norwichspur. Mod Out Moutinho In And give him his shirt no!!
englishdude71
24/07/2012 13:50:00
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Yidmarks you have done the same thing wrong twice. WALKER (LB) then you put BAE in as (LB) and WALKER as (LB) if WALKER is playing he same time as BAE then he would be (RB)
Ronyid
24/07/2012 13:52:00
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I would like to see Modric have to run along Tottenham High Road with Olympic Torch tomorrow & see what sort of reception he gets from clubs supporters. I know that I would boo him all the way down to Bruce Grove. Who the hell does he think he is refusing to train?
yid61
24/07/2012 13:58:00
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I'm sorry Hot_Spur u must be one of those idiot fans Harry was talking about... Rat face just pulled his di(k out and slapped Spurs in the face with it and ur upset we call him rat face? Take a look in the mirror urself boy and choose which side u on. As for the rat faced (unt I could not wish him worse luck wherever he goes too. I'm very glad we are handling it this way and I think Mr Levy knows exactly what he is doing. Modric is not irreplaceable and that's all we need to know for now until he officially phucks off!
Mix26
24/07/2012 14:17:00
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Modric training with Pineaar - looks aged another 5 years in few days...http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2178224/Luke-Modric-returns-Spurs-training.html
sydqcb5
24/07/2012 14:18:00
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I'm sure if there was going to be a u-turn on his part he would have been flown out on the 1st plane...No he is gone for sure just keeping fit as possible till this saga is put to an end... Which will be Number 14 at Madrid and Moutinho at Spurs
norwichspur
24/07/2012 14:24:00
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This was ALWAYS part of the plan imo. Modric and his advisors decided that he didnt want to go to america so he dosent turn up. But the fact is no matter who he is playing for he needs to get his fitness levels up to be able to preform for whoever he is playing for. the fines he got might seem large to us but for a footballer it is loose change. modric wont play or travel with spurs but is happy to use our new training facility and get his wages. if you ask me this was always part of his plans and i wouldnt be surprised if mouriniho and rm were talking to his agent are behind this.
TallaghtSpurs
24/07/2012 14:25:00
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Luka Modric


MacKenzie Crook

Spuds-U-Like
24/07/2012 14:29:00
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Spuds-U-Like cant tell the difference
norwichspur
24/07/2012 14:32:00
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Mix26 Your command of the English language and propensity towards personal abuse is commendable and refreshingly intelligent !!
Hot_Spur
24/07/2012 14:40:00
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If he`s not going to be wearing a Spurs shirt come first game of the season then what`s the point in training him & taking him to the USA.
Getting him season fit for someone elses benefit ,phuck it keep taking him to McDonalds for lunch & KFC for dinner .
big cockeral
24/07/2012 14:43:00
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Mix26 +1 . I Agree 100%
big cockeral
24/07/2012 14:45:00
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I don't go with all the rat-face name-calling. It must be very difficult for the modern player. I prefer honest players, not badge-kissers. And I rate Luka very highly, and would actually love him to stay. I don't reckon anything for people who say he over-rated; he has exceptional control, awareness, speed off the mark, ability to play with either foot anywhere, and change pace and direction unpredictably. Having said all that I think he will go. I completely back Levy saying he will only be allowed to move at our price, and if Real don't want to pay it, so be it. Luka will have to accept that or play in the stiffs. If he was back down, I would want him to sign a new, improved contract and fully commit. I don't think he will.
TommyHarmer
24/07/2012 14:47:00
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According to the club President of Lyon they've received no bids for Lloris and will make a decision on his future by the end of the week. If they've received no bids then where's the need for a decision?
Spurs Allday
24/07/2012 14:48:00
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" If he`s not going to be wearing a Spurs shirt come first game of the season then what`s the point in training him & taking him to the USA. Getting him season fit for someone elses benefit ,phuck it keep taking him to McDonalds for lunch & KFC for dinner ."

GREAT STUFF!!!
RyanHotSpur
24/07/2012 14:48:00
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Maybe, norwich, Disney can snap him up for Pirates of the Caribbean 5! £40m should do it, considering the profits those flics make.

Spuds-U-Like
24/07/2012 14:50:00
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Think that he's just back to save the fines. We'll be OK after he's gone, we were never a one man team! DL is not a fool, he will realize that he has to back AVB in the transfer market once no.14 goes - for all we know, there are moves afoot already.
Durbanspur
24/07/2012 14:52:00
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I have written on these pages several times in recent weeks that I am sick and tired of the MoFo saga and want it to be over. It only goes from bad to worse, though, doesn't it. Out damned spot. Begone. No matter the MoFo's talents, we don't need a player whose heart isn't into it. We need players who will find that extra effort when needed. At best, the little MoFo will merely go through the motions for us if he stays. A perfunctory performance to maintain the requirements of gaining his paycheck. I'd prefer someone with less talent and more motivation. I'd just as soon have Jaime O'Hara for God's sake.
Total knobhead
24/07/2012 14:57:00
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Although I'd still take the little MoFo over Hossam Ghaly. But neither one wanted to play in our shirt.
Total knobhead
24/07/2012 15:01:00
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We're always up and down the table like a bloody window cleaner. I've gotten so use to it that this Modric saga really doesn't bother me. I predicted 5th/6th next season but there's no reason for us not to build on what we have come January or next summer. Plenty of time for AVB to weigh up his options and address what he deems as an issue.
RyanHotSpur
24/07/2012 15:01:00
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Looking forward to the game tonight. Hope we'll get to see Kaboul and Vertonghen together at the back.
Spurs Allday
24/07/2012 15:33:00
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Frimpong charged with improper conduct after comments on Twitter
MrPaddytheyid
24/07/2012 15:36:00
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So this is what we have available for the start of the season lads.

GKs: Friedel, Gomes (knock), Cudicinni
LBs: BAE, Rose, (olympics), Fryers.
CBs: Kaboul, Vertonghen, Dawson, Gallas, Caulker (Olympics)
RBs: Walker (Knock), Smith, Naughton
LMs: Bale (knock), Townsend
CM's: Sigurdsson, Huddlestone, Parker (Doubtful), Sandro (Olympics), Livermore, Modric (rebelling), VDV
RM's: Lennon, "Sigurdson", "VDV"
ST's: Defoe, Kane, Coulibaly, Livingston.

That's quite worrying to look at. With everyone in brackets maybe not being able to feature, and the players in speach marks maybe having to play out of position, it doesn't look so bright for Tyneside. We need to officially sign some players bad.
RyanHotSpur
24/07/2012 15:39:00
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Malaysia XI 1 Arsenal 0 HT lol
Spurs Allday
24/07/2012 15:44:00
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Totally forgot about Bentley (RM) GDS (RM/ST) (Olympics) and Jenas (CM).
RyanHotSpur
24/07/2012 15:45:00
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So much rubbish talked out this situation. a little knowledge is a dangerous thing for Spurs players from many posters on this site. So Moutinho is better? "If I had not experienced the situation, I would not believe it was possible to descend so low"...the words of the president of his previous club after he forced a transfer to Porto in 2010 and his refusal to talk to any other club so they could get a fair price. Be careful for what you wish for. As for AVB he has no right to talk when he was trying to tap up Modric a year ago to move to Chelski
Forever Spurs
24/07/2012 15:47:00
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Personally I think its all a game of bluff as far as wrangling over modric's transfer fee. On one hand levy is trying to pretend he could'n't care less if he had a demotivated Modric sitting on the bench for most of the season and is trying not to blink first; on the other hand, the Madrid president is holding out offering what he is worth because why not wait for Modders to become more antagonised? Why not wait for tottenham to become desperate for the money and time to find his replacement? All this plays into Madrid's hands. AVB saying today that this Modric saga needed to be resolved soon did not help Spurs' bargaining position. Also, spurs know modders is not going to draw in 40 mill but of course any buying team will usually offer short of the official asking price on general principal; its what anyone does when they haggle for something. By spurs asking for 40 mill, they will expect and accept an offer of around 35 - 38 mill which is what they really value modders at.
alee
24/07/2012 15:48:00
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Come on now, Bale will be fit, Ade will be back. Not saying we don't nee dmore signings but with our two new additions we are still looking good.
micyid
24/07/2012 15:50:00
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Ok, so Bale may be fit but Sandro at the olympics and Parker injured. Modric and Pienaar most likely off but Adebayor deal still not done.
RyanHotSpur
24/07/2012 15:53:00
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Lol just kidding Hot_Spur but seriously have you not lost all respect for the guy??? Just take a look at the Spurs website and the pics of the new kit, u can see the little (unt in the background looking like scared poodle! It’s OBVIOUS he is leaving and we ALL know it yet he still proceeds to act unprofessional and disrespectful to Spurs??? He is supposed to be a senior member of the squad and now he puts our new manager in front of the press to make statements as to why the phucking (unt does not want to train or travel with Spurs??? Levy is rightly phucked off and NOW he has made his position even worse cause Levy will try prove a point with him. Modric has been seriously ill advised over this whole thing!
Mix26
24/07/2012 15:54:00
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4real Tallaght Spurs. Have never seen the need for all the name calling, find it so immature, he's been here 4 years and wants to move to one of the best teams in the world, can't blame him at all.
Ossie
24/07/2012 15:57:00
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Is he really worth £40m? Is Levy even demanding £40m? All I know is that he is the best CM in the premiership and that if he joins Real Madrid, he'll most probably be 1 of the 1st names on the team sheet for 1 of the greatest clubs on the planet!
Guyver
24/07/2012 15:57:00
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No 14, caged animal.
Luna
24/07/2012 15:59:00
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Mix26 - Levy will not "prove a point" if it costs him valuable money. We all know how Levy operates and losing money on a sale or paying over the odds is not his style.

Modric's "rebellion" was possibly the smartest move for himself as he WILL get a transfer either way. You cannot block a move for a player, at least not twice without reprocussions. He will ofcourse activate the Webster ruling 6months down the line so we will eventually sell. I'd still suggest Levy play hardball and keep fining Modric for stunts like missing training. At least if we keep him in line it doesn't make us look so desperate to sell. Madrid must be told to improve their offer or a deal will be struck with a PL rival to raise the desired funds.
RyanHotSpur
24/07/2012 16:01:00
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Scott Parker facing possible surgery on his Achilles tendon?
Total knobhead
24/07/2012 16:14:00
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Total knobhead - Possible?
RyanHotSpur
24/07/2012 16:16:00
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Welcome back my arse, he should never be alowed to wear a Spurs shirt again. Get rid of the little rat faced reptle, and replace him for somebody who A) Wants to play for Spurs, and B) Shows some respect for the club, his colleagues, us fans, and AVB and his staff, he has caused enough dissruption, and it is time he was gone. If we can squeeze £30M for him, get rid and quick.
Frank
24/07/2012 16:21:00
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