x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Redknapp will not sell Modric

Harry Redknapp has told any club thinking of trying to lure Luka Modric away from White Hart Lane not to bother.

Harry Redknapp has told any club thinking of trying to lure Luka Modric away from White Hart Lane not to bother. Manchester United have recently been linked with a move for Tottenham's Croatian midfielder, who has been an integral part of their push for Champions League football. Sir Alex Ferguson, the United manager, recently lavished praise on the 24-year-old, describing him as player who is "playing out of his skin".

Modric has scored two goals and provided countless assists to help propel Spurs into the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot with three games to go. Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, insists that he needs players of Modric's calibre at the club if they are to progress, and is adamant that he is not for sale. "He's not a player we should even be thinking about selling or want to sell," Redknapp said.

Modric is thought to have signed a six-year contract when he arrived in London from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008 while Spurs were managed by Juande Ramos. "I don't think that it will be a problem keeping him here," Redknapp added ahead of today's Premier League game against Bolton. "I don't know what his contract situation is at the club but I'm sure he's happy here. He's a fantastic player and I want to keep my best players."

With rivals Aston Villa and City facing each other at Eastlands today, Spurs could find themselves two points clear of the chasing pack tonight. * PA Sport Tottenham v Bolton, 6pm, Show Movies Kids