The Luka Modric transfer saga took another sensational twist this morning with the news that a deal with Real Madrid for the Croatian midfielder was already in place by Tottenham Hotspur—meaning that a move over this year's summer transfer window is almost inevitable.
And who else to break the news than former manager Harry Redknapp, who stated via The Sun that he promised the 26-year-old he could leave White Hart Lane if he gave the club one good season—that being the 2011/12 Premier League season that just finished.
I would not be sure Luka [Modric] would start the season at Tottenham. The club would be happy to sell him if they get the money.
The chairman [Daniel Levy] said to him last year, "Give us one more season and if Real [Madrid] come in, I won't stand in your way."
The incredible revelation by Redknapp sheds a lot of light on what has become the biggest saga of the summer transfer window as Modric's move to Real Madrid simply cannot seem to go through the final stages—despite many conceding that the move is imminent.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been playing hardball with the Spanish champions about the sale of Modric—demanding that they cough up the £40 million the North London club is asking for its star midfielder (via The Daily Mirror).
This has seemingly infuriated Modric, who lashed out the club (via The National) and at Levy earlier last month, but given the recent comments made, it is perhaps understandable as to why the midfielder is so frustrated at Tottenham Hotspur.
Modric was told that if he gave one more season, which he did, Tottenham would not stand in the way of a move to Real Madrid, which, seemingly, they are. To the Croatian midfielder, he's held up his end of the bargain, but the club is doubling back on its word and not holding up its end of the deal.
The 26-year-old is stuck with the prospect of remaining a Spurs player for next season—even though he doesn't want to and possibly shouldn't have to if such a deal was in place—and that has naturally become a frustrating thought for Modric.
If what Redknapp said is true, I can completely understand Modric's frustration and anger at the club for standing in the way of a deal with Real Madrid—backing down on the promise made to its star midfielder over a year ago.
Modric has every right to be frustrated, every right to be angry at the club and every right to want to move to Real Madrid—especially if that is what he was promised by Levy.
We definitely haven't heard the last of this saga.
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