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Welcome back No14?

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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 24 2012

Time: 12:24PM

Your Comments

FIRSTly, I'd like to welcome him back
Madaboutspurs
Hope he goes we need.players who want to wear the shirt
waztap
IMO he will leave. It is just a matter when and at what price.
taniban
damn you was gonna write exactly the same thing lol
norwichspur
Moutinho in Number 14 out
norwichspur
I actually think his wife heard he was getting fined and duly sent him back to work immediately.
Madaboutspurs
As much as I love him, he is very replaceable, commit or get lost
MattieTHFC
Sorry norwichspurs. Gotta get creative these days, yet must still be fast;-)
Madaboutspurs
Don't take the ***** boys....
oxfordspur
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
I think we should make Modric Captain for next season.
Rapm
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
Moutinho will hopefully replace him but hope we spend some.money soon on a striker
waztap
apologies ox mate....did you get my suggestion for next poll
norwichspur
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
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
captain sure of the academy squad let him rot
whitechina
sorry to the academy players for letting u have an ungrateful **** in your ranks
whitechina
still think he is off and we will break our transfer record twice this transfer window
norwichspur
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
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
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
How about straight swap with Porto
norwichspur
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
Winndle so is it on or off...confussed now
norwichspur
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
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
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
Dont really give a flying fack.....Did AVB bring in that fit portugese physio he had at chelski by the way?
JattYid
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
why do i always forget BAE.... it must be his hair...
Yidmarks
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
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
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
still think REMY.. BERBATOV.. STURRIDGE.. DAMAIO.. are all still good options to strengthen our team.....
Yidmarks
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
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
Hot-spur i just see adonis in my mirror.....i wish
norwichspur
I Agree With Norwichspur. Mod Out Moutinho In And give him his shirt no!!
englishdude71
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
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
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
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
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
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

Luka Modric


MacKenzie Crook

Spuds-U-Like
Spuds-U-Like cant tell the difference
norwichspur
Mix26 Your command of the English language and propensity towards personal abuse is commendable and refreshingly intelligent !!
Hot_Spur
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
Mix26 +1 . I Agree 100%
big cockeral
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
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
" 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
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
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
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
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
Although I'd still take the little MoFo over Hossam Ghaly. But neither one wanted to play in our shirt.
Total knobhead
Looking forward to the game tonight. Hope we'll get to see Kaboul and Vertonghen together at the back.
Spurs Allday
Frimpong charged with improper conduct after comments on Twitter
MrPaddytheyid
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
Malaysia XI 1 Arsenal 0 HT lol
Spurs Allday
Totally forgot about Bentley (RM) GDS (RM/ST) (Olympics) and Jenas (CM).
RyanHotSpur
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
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
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
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
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! Its 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
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
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
No 14, caged animal.
Luna
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
Scott Parker facing possible surgery on his Achilles tendon?
Total knobhead
Total knobhead - Possible?
RyanHotSpur
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
I don't see keeping Modric doing us any positives. After seeing how he plays for Croatia with passion and desire that is no longer the same for us. He still is the best player on the pitch for us but he isn't that same player. Take the money and invest in someone new. If he is sold in the Berbatov hours and Levy doesn't get a replacement I am going to go be really disappointed with management once again.
RagingSpur
With less than a month from season start we have not a single reason to be happy about this season. No striker, goalie, and Modric situation unresolved once again. AVB should have kept his mouth shut on this situation and we could have pulled a few excuses as to why he didn't travel..injury, sickness, extended vacation from euros...ect! AVB needs to shut his mouth.
RagingSpur
Can I just clarify the Webster Ruling, Ryan, as it relates to Modric? My understanding is that he can buy out his contract 3 years after signing it, if signed before the age of 28 or 2 years if he signed after he was 28. Now Modric signed his current contract in May 2010 aged 24, so he can't buy it out until May 2013 if I'm right. If he sticks to his current strop & Levy refuses to sell, he's stuck with us for the whole of next season. Agree?

Spuds-U-Like
Interesting how no-one mentions that in refusing an improved contract that would allegedly have increased his wages from 40k to 100k, he has missed out on approximately an extra 3million. I would rather he stayed, expect him to go to real madrid, realise that RM have no competition for his signature and don't really need him but, in their favour, are currently the best club team in the world having comfortably beaten Barelona in the league last season. For that reason, I can entirely understand Modric wanting to move there, and cannot begrudge him the move, providing we are reasonablty reimbursed, unlike last season, where he showed a lack of class in wanting to move to one of our main rivals. As to money, I am tired of constant references to an alleged 40 million offer from Chelsea at the end of the transfer window when it would have been almost impossible to sign a decent replacement. I expect the announcement of the sale of Modric to coincide with the announcement of the purchase of Moutinho.
theconformist
I am amazed that some still believe that we will even come close to getting the 40M that Levy is reputed to be demanding for Luka Modric, 30M is a far more realistic figure that on a good day, in a favourable wind, and with our luck in, we might just be able to squeeze from Real or PSG. It's one thing for Levy to win his arguements for his own ego,but we need it done, the money reinvested in a replacement, and the building process started wth Sigurdson and Vertoghen carried on, we are far from finished hopefully, that is of course if all the hype and talk of investment intentions, and war chests, and meaningful signings are to be believed. To me it looks very much business as usual at Spurs, plenty of posturing, loads of press bollox, short on action. Still no striker recruits, still no GK or LB cover, less than a month to go until Newcastle (A), anybody who thinks we are ready or strong enough yet, is deluded.
Frank
The Ade situation seems to be miles apart. We are nowhere near Moutinho and Lloris seems to have committed to staying at Lyon. Oscar who we had the first option on chose Chelsea over us and Willian seems to only have his mind on Chelsea. It's nice to add Siggy and Vert but its still a bigger loss to lose King than add Vert. These are just the positions we need to add as priority. We still need back up for Lennon when he is out...I just find it very difficult to see us doing much this season without getting this sorted quickly.
RagingSpur
Frank you dont get 30m by demanding 30m. You have to put the starting price at the highest possible and work down, thats what every club does unless they are desperate to sell. I think Levy will accept less than 40m.
Guyver
Welcome back?? Ha... he hasn't been gone that long has he?? A deal hasn't been struck quick enough so hes come back to train. That's all. If he is leaving then i don't see why he would need to fly to the states anyway (no official mention of that yet by the way) so he train at the lodge because.... well he has to train. The media will stir this ***** like crazy with words like 'rebellion' and 'fines' etc...yeah right......where the **** is the proof eh?? Wind up media ****s. To answer the questions...if he doesn't move to Madrid, he will stay with us as he is under contract and play. If he's 'head isn't right' then he will get a game or so to sort it like last time. He will eventually get his head down under AVB like he did under Harry to play football. He's had his heart on Madrid (most do?) so cant see him going to some one like PSG.... I think he is worth 30-40mil.... no doubt he is quality for any side. Don't think Spurs are being unreasonable...if top clubs want him they have to pay top prices. Obviously there are other ways to negotiate!! Player + Cash etc...so all party's are happy. We can not sell to a PL rival.....but yes the Chavs did bid a fair amount imo. He is and can be key to any side as well. And finally Spurs fans have Class (like how we want our players to be).... if he stays and walks out on the pitch against Newcastle then he will still get encouragement.....yes he will have to re-earn his Spurs. IMO he should not ever be given Captaincy again thou...or get any special songs, will never have the true status he could have had here. So Welcome back....even though you're just doing some training to stay fresh. It could be Adios Modric soon.......but then again i will be more interested in saying Welcome Mortinho ha ;-) COYS.
SpursOne2
Guyver I think if we entered into realistic negotiations with Real we would get 30M which is in itself a realistic price for Modric. When you look at his stats he just isn't the world beater that some suggest, a Xavi Hernandez, Iniesta, David Silva, Ces Fabregas, Pierlo he ain't. The fact that he is allegedly such an influence for us, says more about our quality, or lack of it, than his.To insist on a price of 40M is fantasy. To suggest that he stays if our valuation is not met, after all that's happened, is also fantasy. As a Spurs player he must be finished. The sooner we get rid, re-invest the money, and move on the better, we can't afford to hang about there is only 4 weeks to go to PL start, some urgency is required or are we to resort to excuses yet again, as usual in previous windows.
Frank
SpursOne2, AVB made a mess of this by talking about the situation to the media. He did no differently than what HR did except he said Modric is to blame. Well way to put your fans against your best player. Let the truth come out afterwards not during the mess. I think this was handled terribly and a lot to do with AVB doing to much talking.
RagingSpur
personally i wouldnt want us to buy a replacement for Madric, esp for a player like Moutinho. nothing against Moutinho, jus the finances. we should spend the Modric money on a world class striker. midfield is not a position where we are light, i think huddlestone will be a big time player this season, he was absolutely instrumental in the season we finished fourth, will be like a new signing. livermore is also very capable as a box to box player, sandro is a beast and could be the stand out player of the season and parker is the daddy, influence and determination is second to none, front runner for the club captaincy this year. also vdv can and most likely will be be deployed in a deeper role, as he often drifted deeper during games through last few seasons. all these players are very good, and more importantly give a ***** about the club. we jus lack a striker that can work as a lone man, but works with 2 supporting forwards. Ade is not that man, not clinical enough and lacks the pace. i would spend the modric money on Falcao.
DeadlyLedley
Raging your a bit of a pleb...
JattYid
DeadlyLedley - Last season when Modric wasn't playing centrally we looked completely out of ideas. Sandro and Parker are good players but neither are intricate or creative. Huddlestone is creative as is Gylfi, but the latter might not provide the same disciplined performances that Modric did. We've sat on our hands for a good couple of seasons now, so as far as I'm concerned we shouldn't be choosing between a striker or a replacement for Modric - We should get both or feel severely cheated.
Bernio Villas-Spuras
Frank, I do believe Modric has the quality of the players you have named. I am not saying he is better than those players by any means but he has shined for us for 4 years and is the best in his role in the PL. In the Euros vs Spain I thought he looked better than anyone in the Spanish midfield just didn't have the same class surrounding himself. 40m is unrealistic from RM but it was realistic from Chelsea last season because they were desperate for that kind of player! Madrid would surely improve but by no means are in a situation where the must buy him. 30m would always have been fair but Levy is doing business and by the end of it he may not get 30m for him if he stays here another unhappy year.
RagingSpur
I hope he brought a note from his Mum.
lordjohnny
Huddlestone? I doubt he makes it into AVB team. If Lampard couldn't neither will he.
RagingSpur
Modric has a pass completion rate of nearly 90% ,that`s astonishing .
Any player who can keep possession ,pass the ball & bring others into play the way he does has to be worth around the 30-35 million mark .

Modric`s biggest talent is he makes everyone else on the pitch play better & makes their job so much easier .Parker (example) without Modric is just another average EPL player imo .Modric has that effect .
We will miss him because his brilliance is not in the stats ,it cannot be taught or coached ,completely natural & done with such ease .
I hate him because he`s another who insists on making the beautiful game look so ugly ,& all so unnecessary imo.
big cockeral
The fact is we'll need a replacement for Modders. Moutinho has been singled out and will be that replacement, but we need to trigger his release cause according to Porto. Modric may not be worth $40m or 35m, but that's tough; he has a contract, a lengthy one at that and we need to play this on our terms. I don't know why people suggest we should relent, accept 27m or even 30m, when our replacement will cost that, aside from signing on fees and agents' fees, not to mention the risk involved from our point of view. We deserve fair compensation.
Bernio Villas-Spuras
In that case Big C, the others must be absolute crap not to have benefited from such a great and influential player. If he leaves I'll shed no tears, as we're hardly breaking up a trophy winning team, and he was, in part, responsible for that.
lordjohnny
Have to agree with the Big ******ole, but we just writing the same things on different articles, true we've had so many Modric articles
Ossie
It may come as a shock to some, but if you wish to sell any second hand goods whether it be a house, a car, or anything else, including a MF player, the value is not set by the seller or vendor, it is set by what the market is prepared to pay. You can of course remove your goods from the market if you don't get what you consider to be an acceptable offer, but can anybody imagine what use Modric will be, if forced to stay at Spurs for a second season against his will. He was bad enough in the second half of last season, a repeat would probably be even worse. He is surely finished as a Spurs player. His head has gone as far as Spurs is concerned.
Frank
"Last season's top-four finish was an indication of where we are as a club and I feel I can continue to improve and go on to achieve everything I want to at Spurs," ... any guesses who said that?
TallaghtSpurs
Hear hear Lordjohnny, spot on as usual.
Frank
Only Spurs know the true asking price/value of Modric and as someone mentioned above, you won't get that figure by asking for that figure. This is a negotiation, Spurs start high RM start low, a lot of posturing and leaks go through the media, then we meet somewhere in the middle and the deal is done! Of course Modric will try to do what he can to make the move happen as quickly as possible, as will RM to ensure they get the best price and judging by the prices quoted for players this summer, we are going to need every penny Levy can extract for a decent replacement, so negotiate on Daniel!! As for other squad additions AVB has already stated that he would like to evaluate the squad before deciding which players can go and then purchase suitable replacements, so it is unlikely that there will be much movement before the US tour ends.
Paul - THFC Forever
Frank-Agree with your perspective too. You'd have thought after the last close season shennanigans this would happen again, and the powers that be should have been punting him around since that time, and possibly had an agreement in place, even stipulating bids by a certain time, or no sale, and advising Modric of such, so he knew exactly where we stood, and he could not hold us to ransom. Now the buying party will know we are keen to offload him asap, so as to get replacements in, instead of the usual crapola deadline day deadbeats we sign up like Viv Nicholson with St. Vitus Dance.
lordjohnny
Raging you really have it in for AVB for some reason, or your still in love with Harry and very bitter.
Tottingham10
Ciders are cooling in the fridge ready for my return from work at 4am, ESPN HD at the ready cannot wait
Tottingham10
Raging Spur your anti AVB bias is showing. Please let's not get in "running mouths" discussions. We all know who wins that one hands down! You also miss the main point of difference between his Chelsea tenure and with us. Lamp arid was one of the old guard that he was trying to change. Huddlestone is a young player with loads of talent who may very well prove a great asset in AVB's setup. Give the guy a chance to show us what he can do.
jvd
Raging has again taken the trophy for NEGATIVE RESPONSE, every post i've read, on every forum he has won hands down. Everyone has an opinion, so keep them coming Raging, great reads, you should copy and post them off to Arry, he has a friend. AVB is only stating that if the right offer is on the table Modric can be sold, the sooner this is put to bed one way or the other the better for everyone. Pienaar looks likely to join Everton with Tim Cahill moving back to the states, the transfer budget never really included Ratman & Pienaar, with Sandro in the Brazil Olympic squad, Parker needing treatment and Ratman playing silly buggers, our central midfield is missing, that's not our fault, but when your engine room is missing from a tour of duty, it proves difficult, as i said one way or the other Ratman needs to go or pledge his season and future to spurs or we will have this come up again, i would rather see him sold and Moutinho (no10) come in, but and a big but, STRIKERS, yes those of goalscoring class need also to be sorted out and quick, once they return from the USA, the season will not be far away from starting, everyone needs to gel, otherwise we will be in a right 2 & 8..........
spu 4 life
I disagree Frank, if Modric wasnt on the level of players like Iniesta, Fabregas, Silva ect, why are clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea and Man Utd interested in the 1st place. Up to this point, the highest bid that has been received, as far as we are aware, is 27m. As Bernio points out, why should Levy accept the 1st bid that comes along simply because Modric is throwing a tantrum? Other clubs won't accept our 1st bid when we go looking for his replacement you can be sure of that.
Guyver
in fairness to modric he would walk into that madrid side hes better than alonso & keidera & ozil iv never seen complete 90mins.mouriniho wouldnt want him otherwise.for me modric is worth every pound of that 40m.we wont replace him easily.
finglasyid
fing, xabi was huge to liverpool as can be seen...
RagingSpur
I am not in love with HR I just think that AVB is a terrible option for coach and I don't think he will do nearly as good as HR.
RagingSpur
Look to the future you say...get me a striker(or 2), a goalie, and make our best player actually want to stay and I would kind of be a little bit more happy. I just don't have any hope for AVB I think he will do better than Ramos but never maintain what HR had going. You can say HR had no future here and I do agree but this once again doesn't look any different than any other transfer window. Siggy decent buy and Vert a good buy but King out(our best CB), Kranjcar, Pienaar, Corluka ect...that is a lot of squad players just gone and the players who came in are no more proven than whats gone out. It's nice that there is a hype but you must understand that its still not anything more than that. Corluka was a great RB, Kranjcar and Pienaar were more than suitable cover and in a 433 would do just fine...Once again it seems like nothing ahs changed in our transfer policies even without HR those potential rumored signings only seem to be rumors. Moutinho seems an impossible signing and Oscar didn't want to come.
RagingSpur
RagingSpur .You`re going to have get used to AVB as Spurs manager because everyone accept you is willing to give him a chance .

AVB is our manager & no amount of raging is going to change that .Do you really want to go the summer whining about AVB ? Do we really want to go the whole summer listening to you whine about AVB .Most just glad Harry has gone .AVB has 5 weeks to get his squad right ,we should at least give him those 5 weeks .
big cockeral
true raging but modric imho is slightly better than alonso about 10m id say;-)your spot on we have only signed 2 quality players & need a keeper badly id say then were sorted at the back & can move on to getting real firepower up front.ade is supposed to be in america so that deal should go through in the next week id say.
finglasyid
who *****ed up the site?
finglasyid
When AVB does better than HR I will more than happily shut my mouth. I figure the man gets his face in the media plenty I might as well try and get mine in Vital Spurs. I'd still have to say he talks more nonsense then myself. I just feel bad for the man as he is going to fail miserably but than again I dont feel bad for him but ourselves.
RagingSpur
I personally don't have much confidence in AVB doing well either, I don't buy many of the excuses used by some people for his failure at Chelsea. However this is a fresh start and im willing to give him every opportunity to surprise me & succeed before I utter a word of criticism in his direction.
Guyver
AVB has deliberately manipulated the situation to get rid of Modric so he can buy his love child Moutinho. Just the same as Harry; he wants his players in at high transfer fees and higher wages. Moutinho is just a mercenary who turned his back on the club that brought him through and given him the chance to be a top player. Now he is poised to do it again after only two years after his dream move...this scenario fits the facts as well if not better than most of the complete speculation in the million and one threads here on Modric
Forever Spurs
Like most of you folks I'm concerned with our striker position. We have 11 days to sign at least Ade so he can train with the team for a couple of weeks before Newcastle. But we do need to get at least 1 other striker with a good record. Would obviously love a big name but just someone who knows where the net is would suffice like Ba or P.Cisse. I don't see our GK position as weak and don't expect to see a big name broug
jvd
I think that every coach wants some players with whom he is familiar and whom he feels he can trust to set the tone he wants. If that's moutinho for AVB and we go about buying the player the correct way, what's wrong with that? Don't understand the need for name calling because the guy wants to play for AVB also. I don't here him threatening to sit out of training. He has stated he would like to play for AVB and we have approached Porto to begin negotiations. Fail to see the reasoning for your venom ForeverSpurs.
jvd
Well put Forever Spur.
RagingSpur
Talent + desire to play for the club = brilliant player. Talent with no desire = a wasted shirt. Modric has made it abundantly clear he does want to stay at Spurs so for as much talent as he has he will never now be the player we need at Spurs going forward. He will leave and it is the best solution all round. As for a replacement I would give Moutinho a miss and go or Eriksen at Ajax. he is younger and an enormous talent. Unproven and raw granted but a truly quality attack minded central midfielder. He would cost less than Moutinho too. It would also be a way for AVB to prove he's not just chasing his old players.
SpuriousLife
Surely he needs to train to be fit for the start of Real Madrids new season?
Slurms McKenzie
Anyone staying to watch the match later?
what_sux
what_sux do you have any links, it would be greatly welcomed?
Yidd Fein
Yidd Fein - I was just about to post that lol
what_sux
cheers fella
Yidd Fein
i've no love for modric left anymore.if he doesnt have the passion to play for us anymore( and he's showed exactly what he thinks of our club the last two summers) then its time to get rid.
never blowingbubbles
Don't get too excited. He's only back so A he doesn't lose anymore money and B to keep himself fit so when he does go he won't need to get his fitness levels up before he can play for his new team. Mark my words come the Newcastle game he will no longer be a Spurs player.
pratts bottom
pratts bottom i hope u r rite, even if we keep him he will be crap, sell qucikly, but if rm r offering 27 million, let rat face rot
Yidd Fein
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/jul/24/paris-st-germain-tottenham-luka-modric
Yidd Fein
in levy we trust, ***** off rat face
Yidd Fein
The match is on espn
TallaghtSpurs
Friendly can see through the links I posted.
what_sux
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1126832/real-madrid-assistant-aitor-karanka-talks-up-luka-modric-abilites?cc=4716

BUT

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/jul/24/paris-st-germain-tottenham-luka-modric

bidding war?
what_sux
its only a bidding war if the other club matters and Modric isn't going to PSG because he isn't going to walk sideways in his career at this point unless truly remarkable money gets offered in his salaries. Madrid, United, Chelsea, ect would be possible bidding wars but PSG...he will not.
RagingSpur
RagingSpur Make our best player want to stay???? He has wanted to go for over a year and the only reason he stayed last season was because he was promised the prize of Cl football. It is in no way AVB's fault that Modders is going, it is the fault of OSF because he couldn't deliver the goods. AVB has inherited the mess that OSF left him to sort out. Many in fact I would hazard a guess at MOS of us KNOW that, and as such are willing to give AVB the chance and the time that he needs to rectify the situation. Stop your whinging because it doesn't help anyone and it just pi$$e$ people off that you are slating him before the season has started so do yourself and us all a favour and start with the positive comments by getting behind our new manager and supporting him. Maybe you could pretend that he is your beloved ASF because you sure do seem to have the hots for him big time. Just get over the fact that OSF fu(ked us over big time and has gone, thank goodness.
chrishove123
Spuds-U-Like - Sorry for late post. Yes that sounds about right. People keep quoting 6months though so i'm not sure if it means you can buyout 6months early but leave after 12. Similarly you can sign a contract with a new club 6 months before your contract expires. Someone would have to clarify this for me.
RyanHotSpur
And for me too.

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