Premier League - Modric wants to join Chelsea

Sat, 18 Jun 06:36:00 2011

Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has told the club he wants to leave for Chelsea but says he will not present a formal transfer request.

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Speculation has been rife concerning the Croatia international, with rivals Manchester City and Manchester United reportedly joining the Blues in their pursuit of the player.

But it is managerless Chelsea who appear to offer Modric the most attractive option as he would prefer to remain in London.

Modric intends to discuss his future when he returns from holiday. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has repeatedly said his prized midfielder is not for sale and would be unwilling to even entertain offers of less than £30 million.

But, speaking to the Daily Mail, Modric said: "If somebody comes to the club and the offer is good for me and acceptable to them, then I want to leave. I want to leave Tottenham as friends. I have enjoyed my time there, but now it is right for me to look at another club.

"I have an arrangement with the chairman. When I signed my new contract, he said that, if another club came to sign me, they would consider the offer.

"I won't ask for a transfer, no. That would be disrespectful. I hope they can reach an agreement that is satisfactory for everyone.

"Chelsea are a big club with an ambitious owner. They have great players and they have ambitions to fight for the title and win the Champions League. I want to stay in London. I am very happy here and so are my family."

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