Former West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has revealed in The London Evening Standard how Luka Modric came close to leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Chelsea in 2011.
Redknapp was the Tottenham manager at the time, and he has explained how Spurs convinced the 29-year-old midfielder to remain at White Hart Lane.
“I remember Chelsea coming in for Luka Modric when I was at Tottenham in 2011,” the Englishman wrote in The London Evening Standard.
“Chelsea thought they were going to get him, Luka told me he had spoken to Andre Villas-Boas on several occasions about moving but we didn’t sell him.
“We told him to give us one more year and he agreed. Luka was a great lad and he just got on with it.”
Real Madrid move
Tottenham kept true to their ‘promise’ to Modric, as in the summer of 2012 the Croatia international joined Spanish giants Real Madrid.
After initially struggling in La Liga, the former Dinamo Zagreb star has now established himself as one of the most important players in the team.
Modric has won the Champions League, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Super Cup with Madrid during his three years at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Last season, the midfielder suffered with injuries, but he still managed to score one goal and create 10 chances in 16 La Liga appearances.