Redknapp expects Modric to leave Tottenham

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he expects the club’s want-away Croatia playmaker Luka Modric to leave White Hart Lane before the close of the transfer window, the Guardian has reported.

Redknapp explained that last summer, when Chelsea were in pursuit of Modric but Spurs stood firm and refused to let the player leave, that the Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy promised not to repeat his stance if Real Madrid came calling. Redknapp added that Tottenham would in fact be “happy” to sell the 26-year-old.

If Modric does depart then the Guardian speculated the transfer will at least allow Redknapp’s successor, former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas, more freedom to manoeuvre in the transfer market. A new goalkeeper is said to be high on the wish list of Villas-Boas, and the sale of Modric could finance a move for France international Hugo Lloris. Lloris’ father and agent was quoted saying as much over the weekend.

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