Spurs not looking to sell stars - Redknapp

Fri, 04 May 14:17:11 2012

Tottenham will be "finished" if they start offloading top players such as Luka Modric this summer, according to manager Harry Redknapp.

The north London club fought a ferocious battle with Chelsea to hang onto the Croatian last summer and the playmaker looks set to be at the centre of another transfer saga this year, with Manchester City and Paris St Germain the latest clubs linked with the player.

Spurs reluctantly agreed to sell Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick to Manchester United under Martin Jol and there are no shortage of admirers for their current stars like Modric and Gareth Bale, who has reportedly been attracting the attention of Barcelona recently.

Redknapp last week admitted Modric could leave this summer, but insisted the 26-year-old must stay to prevent the club sliding into obscurity.

"Once you start selling your best players you're finished," Redknapp said. "I don't know why Tottenham should be seen as a club that will sell its best players. We are not looking to sell our best players. We are looking to build a team here, not dismantle.

"The chairman made a stance with Modric last year - the stance was that we are looking to build, to add to the group we've got and improve for next year, not to go backwards. If we go backwards, we're going nowhere basically are we? We will slump back into mid-table mediocrity and we don't want that."


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  1. what a load of flannel. if you are going to build for­ next season, then players will have to go. no good­ hanging on to players whose hearts are not for­ spurs.all this talk of ultimatums with players is not­ good for the club if bale modric or anyone feels they­ want to leave let them and lets have players who wear­ their heart on their sleeve playing for spurs next­ season.COYS

    From TonyTo, on Fri 4 May 16:48
  2. If Spurs had someone who could convert all the chances­ created this season then they would have been­ challenging for the title not scrambling for forth­ place. Not one of the strikers in the squad are top­ level including Adebayor.

    From Stephen, on Fri 4 May 15:16
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