Skip forward 12 months, and Luka Modric is in the middle of a transfer whirlwind that Tottenham are doing well to resist pressure and make sure they are making what they deem a fair market price for the midfielder.
Modric, however, could have done himself a world of favor had he done something long before this summer.
Tottenham offered Modric a new contract—after much imploring by Harry Redknapp—but nothing ever came of the situation.
In the interim, Modric missed the chance to exert influence this summer by not updating his current deal.
Set to expire in 2016, Modric is paid around £40,000-£50,000 a week: nothing earth-shattering by most accounts.
Had he decided to take the increased salary on offer, Modric would have been able to make a more concerted effort to force Daniel Levy’s hand by making it far more expensive to keep hold of the midfielder.
Modric might have also inserted clauses into a revamped deal that would reflect the so-called “gentlemen’s agreement” that had been rumored to be in place.
He might have even been able to write in an option for a buyout clause for a Champions League club or a sell-by date that would have forced the club to take action sooner.
Because he decided not to alter his deal, however, Modric dropped most of his cards before he even got the negotiating table.
Regardless of the prolonged move, Modric has little in the way of power due to the length of the contract, the low pay and the lack of contract perks to make moves happen.
It is but an example of how Modric, by not taking advantage of Spurs’ generosity, might have hindered his own ambitions.