BT Sport's Harry Redknapp
Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp recently released his new book - ‘It Shouldn’t Happen to a Manager’, and the Daily Star quoted an excerpt from his scribe, detailing how Gunners boss Arsene Wenger rejected the chance to sign current Real Madrid star Luka Modric.
The Croatian, 31, is now considered to be one of the best play-making midfielders in the game and, after Redknapp's claim, will be another name to add to the list of world class stars of whom Wenger could have signed.
Redknapp wrote in his book ‘It Shouldn’t Happen to a Manager’ how, after signing Modric, he decided to move him into a more central role - a move that he was advised against, as quoted by the Daily Star:
“Luka Modric played off the left but I brought him inside. That’s even though some of my staff argued against it because they felt that he was not physically imposing enough to play in that area of the pitch. Arsene Wenger was put off signing him for Arsenal for that same reason."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Modric proved to be an instrumental figure for Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane, and his exit in 2012 was arguably of equal significance to that of Gareth Bale's a year later.
Spurs never managed to replace the skilful Croatian, and to this day, they lack the invention and ingenuity that he brought to the side.
And that is quite probably the reason why the Tottenham side of today have just fallen short when competing for major honours.
Luka Modric during his time with Tottenham