The saga surrounding Tottenham and their want-away Croatian just keeps getting more interesting.
A few days after Luka Modric missed both a training session and a team flight to the US for Spurs' preseason tour, Tottenham officials have confirmed via the official team website that the midfielder returned to the club today.
However, the news should not come with a great deal of optimism for supporters still hoping to hold onto the playmaker.
The message on the team website was short and concise:
The Club can confirm Luka Modric has returned to training today (Monday) at Spurs Lodge.
The coaching staff will now determine the remainder of his pre-season preparation.
Hence, Modric did not return to the club in their preseason tour of the United States, but checked in at Spurs Lodge London instead.
Further, the sentiment of the second sentence does not inspire a deal of confidence in the club's ability to get past this transgression.
Luka had no other choice but to report to the club, as he has been reported to have been fined some £160,000 in the past few days due to his actions.
The reasons behind the Croatian's choice to go AWOL is clearly his desire to leave the club.
However, Madrid have failed to meet Spurs' £40 million asking fee for Luka's services.
In a statement about Tottenham's situation with their rebellious midfielder, new Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said:
We understand this type of player revolt is not new but clubs have to protect themselves. We have to hold on to our values.
The player is under club discipline. The chairman feels the way he has behaved is not common, professional behaviour.
We've been open with him, saying we are ready to listen to offers for him, which is uncommon.
He's had a lot of interest in him before but he has behaved very professionally. This is the first time he has acted like this. We don't know what sort of advice he is receiving.We are not so sure where he is at the moment. As far as I know he is back in London.
Now, AVB has some points in his comments, but he and Tottenham need to be very careful about what they say.
After all, if Spurs hope to get the £40 million they desire from Modric's sale, they cannot afford to give up any leverage.
Making it clear that the club can no longer employ the midfielder does just that, putting some of the power in the buyers' hands.
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