Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric will not play for Spurs at Old Trafford tonight and is digging his heels in over a move to Chelsea, the Sun reports.
The 25-year-old Croatian will not be available for Spurs’ opening Premier League game against reigning champions Manchester United. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has admitted that Modric had a slight groin injury that he could have played through, but he will not play.
Redknapp said: “Someone has turned Luka’s head. Luka will not be with us tomorrow. He has a bit of an injury he could have played through, but his head’s not in the right place at present. We need to get it all sorted out.”
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is desperate to bring the Spurs midfielder to Stamford Bridge and is preparing a £30m bid for Modric before the end of the transfer window. Modric himself is interested in the move to Chelsea and the chance to play European football and with this latest saga, it is hard to see how Modric will stay at Spurs this summer.
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Mata set for Chelsea.
Valencia have confirmed that midfielder Juan Mata has reached an agreement with Chelsea to sign for the Blues, ESPN Soccernet reports.
Mata, 23, had long been linked with a move to Arsenal, but the Blues have captured the Spanish international for a fee believed to be around £25m. Mata becomes the fourth summer signing for Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, following Oriel Romeu, Romelu Lukaku and Thibault Courtois to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Valencia said: “Valencia have reached an agreement in principle with Chelsea FC for the transfer of the player Juan Manuel Mata. The agreement is subject to the relevant medical tests.”
Villas-Boas said about the creative midfielder: “He’s a player who scores and assists and he can add to any squad in the world. He’s not our player, but he’s an interesting player… a very good player.”
Drogba wants longer contract extension.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that contract talks with Didier Drogba are ongoing and he does not know whether a deal will be sealed.
The Daily Star reports that the Ivorian forward wants a two-year contract, whereas the Blues hierarchy are only prepared to offer him a one year extension on his deal. The 33-year-old has less than 12 months on his existing Chelsea contract and Villas-Boas is looking to keep Drogba at the club for the long-term and allow him to end his career at Stamford Bridge.
Villas-Boas said: “I don’t know what is happening. Didier knows about our offers and he has made a counter-offer and we are evaluating some things. I cannot be precise on whether he wants a longer deal than offered.”
“He is one of the most important players and representative players of the club. And his willingness to continue is 100 per cent. It will be, because of that that we will reach an agreement,” the Portuguese manager said.
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