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Tottenham Hotspur are not a club traditionally tolerant of a lack of professionalism. Dramatic media pleas and high-profile hissy fits should, as far as they are concerned, be left to their North London rivals at Emirates Stadium.
It's an understanding and a development model that is respected by almost everybody at White Hart Lane, and those who fall out of line, face retribution (Giovanni dos Santos, for example).
Luka Modric, however, seems to think that the club's expectation of maturity and mutual respect applies to everybody but him. He seems to think that his ability on the pitch sets him aside from such expectations, which is sadly a common theme among young players coming into stardom.
Still, Modric is hardly likely to be identified as even the most talented player in the Spurs' midfield, yet alone on the roster. More talented players (such as Gareth Bale) are having significantly less difficulty adhering to the expectations and remaining humble and respectful throughout the transfer season.
Instead of following suit, Modric has remained dissenting through the majority of the summer weeks. He seemed to know from the beginning that he wished to move to a higher-place squad and has taken every step necessary to attempt to force a move.
When media requests and speaking to clubs behind Redknapp and Levy's back proved to be not enough to secure a transfer, Modric took it a step further.
Most recently, the Croatian has resorted to accusing Levy of threatening his career and issued a threat of his own to submit an official transfer request to stir up drama when talk of a move was seemingly squashed by club officials.
Make no mistake about it. Luka Modric is throwing a hissy fit.
This week, he also accused Daniel Levy of failing to recognize a "gentleman's agreement" they had made to allow him to move, conveniently existing without a solid paper-trail to prove that it had been made and supposedly stating that the club would disregard the five remaining years of the contract Modric personally signed if the midfielder so much as said, "Hey guys, I don't feel like doing those things I legally agreed to doing. That's cool, right?"
As difficult as it is to reward this sort of behavior, the Spurs might end up with little choice.
More and more, Luka Modric is turning into the sort of player that Tottenham would typically have zero tolerance toward and little interest in dealing with.