£100,000-a-week deal is Luk-ing good for Mo­dric

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By MIKE Mc­GRATH

TOT­TEN­HAM boss Harry Red­knapp is con­fi­dent a new mega-money deal for Luka Mo­dric will be thrashed out.

Red­knapp in­sists the Croa­tia play­maker will not be sold to Chelsea – but Manch­ester United are also in­ter­ested as they at­tempt to solve an in­jury cri­sis.

Spurs of­fi­cially say Mo­dric is not for sale and would not lis­ten to any of­fers un­der £40mil­lion. But their aim is to tie the 26-year-old to a fresh £100,000-a-week deal to make cer­tain of his White Hart Lane fu­ture.

That would make the former Di­namo Zagreb man the high­est paid player at the club.

“I don’t know where they’re at on ne­go­ti­a­tions for a new con­tract but I’m sure that will get sorted out and re­solved,” said Red­knapp.

Set­tled

“He’s happy here, he’s not a prob­lem and he’s play­ing fan­tas­tic foot­ball. So I don’t see there be­ing a prob­lem with Luka.”

Mo­dric has been set­tled since miss­ing the 5-1 de­feat to Manch­ester City at the start of the sea­son when his “head wasn’t right” be­cause of Chelsea’s in­ter­est.

“I thought it would be hard for him,” said Red­knapp.

“But he got on with it. He trained well and was never a prob­lem.

“I think it was just get­ting to him.

“He’s such a lovely boy that maybe see­ing it

RE­SULTS

Bar­clays Premier League ev­ery day, full on, on TV and in the pa­pers, that prob­a­bly got to him a bit.

“He just found it hard that week to con­cen­trate on his foot­ball.

“I could have eas­ily taken the other line. I put my­self in a po­si­tion where I could have caused my­self a prob­lem with the club, in all hon­esty, be­cause I said what I felt.

“The eas­i­est thing would be for me to take the other line.”

Gareth Bale, who signed a new con­tract in March, could also be given new terms to ward off in­ter­est from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Ry­man Premier Divi­sion

STAY­ING: Mo­dric

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