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Ok so Modric wants a move to Chelsea but we must stand firm and keep him at Spurs even if he doesn't play. Its important we send out a clear message to all our players that we will not tolerate this sort of behavior, especially by those who have just recently signed a new contract. If we let one go the rest will follow...
We are on the verge of producing a team that can compete at the highest level, we need to get tough and ambitious which is exactly what Levy is trying to do, hats off to you Levy. I just hope you can bring in some inspired signings and help raise our status in world football.
If we are going to be tough and ambitious pay the top players top money, the ones that play more than 3 times a year that is, and build a stadium that will take 50,000 plus, then the top players will come and stay and we might even win something !!!! oh and get a manager that actually thinks spurs are a big club, one who wouldn't buy parker at any price
Yes good call SB, even if they sign him he may not play often, but i still can see if other teams see he will be let go they may come in for him especially Utd, they need to replace Scholes, although as much as i like Modric he never scored enough goals for me, personally i think he should score at lease 10 goals a season.
daft bugger.... no player is left to rot in reserves....... every player has his price... especially when old uncle arry is wheeling and dealing..... your gaffer likes to make a quid or two from player sales....... ask the revenue service!
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Remmah, SB, there's no wrong or right here, only opinions and speculation. None of us knows how much cash is available to Harry for transfers or the financial position of the club.
I suspect its a case of shifting the dead wood. As important as getting new, quality players in is concerned it's just as important to keep your wage budget in check.
Modric wants to go to Chelsea because the potential for them to win the PL, the CL and all other cups is significantly higher than our potential and because they can double/treble his wages. Which order of priority those are in only Modric can say.
The reason why Chelsea's potential is higher than ours is because of the players they have. The players they have is a demonstration of their wealth and their ambition. Like it or not, we've squandered money on players that have not come up with the goods and we're still paying their wages. Keane? Pav? Like him or hate him, we actually went to get Arshavin and came back with Pavo!!
The only possibility of Modric changing his mind is for us to get in 3 or 4 really top notch signings before Chelsea come up with the final £30m+ to clinch the deal. Not an easy task because we are paying the price for failing in the January window by not buying and consequently failing to get 4th. That means no CL to attract the top players and a wage cap that means we can't pay top wages. Why? Because we scrapped our original plans to build a new stadium in favour of chasing the white elephant that is the Olympic Stadium.
Anyone for a vicious circle doughnut, mid table marshmallow?
I think what we are experiencing is unfortunately the way football is being run. This is not something that can be undone overnight. I agree it would be great to stand up to this sort of player power but this has been an accumaltion of things dating back to Jummy Hill etc ( i wont pretend to know to much about that Im only 30! LOL)
It is a real dilemma. I have a lot of respect for Modric, dont get me wrong. Im the sort of person who likes to think people still have "gentlemans" agreements that they stand by.
However, Is 22million a mutually agreeable outcome? I dont think so. The problem is we are not one of the big clubs. We think we are but our history of success is from a time when football was run very differently and players played for pride, success and loyalty. (things sadly that are way back in their priorities now.)
Yes we could hold firm but we are fighting against the current that until new rules come in will not change. Thus we will be cutting off our nose to spite our face.
I hate to say it but get 30-40+ let him go and move on. I think having him in the crowd will have a very negative impact on the rest of the squad.
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Marc,of course your right about the way football is nowadays, but do you think by the same token we should let Bale..VDV..Lennon..Sandro go in this window as well, because they are very likely to follow Modric's exit..Again, we cant change the way football's run world wide, but we can control what we do as a club.
Marc is right, the root problem is the way football is run except i would say that it is really the way football is owned. It is time we took a leaf out of Barcelona's book - the club is owned by its 190,000 supporters in the city and the board is democratically elected by them. In the States, the Green Bay Packers NFL club is also owned by its fans. Look at Barcelona's record and the Packers's record - both champions - so it can't be a bad way of running a club. In England the clubs are increasingly owned by foreign absentee moguls and crooks. They don't give a fiddlers about the fans nor the effect of what they do on football. Time for a change, folks!
good post marc.
i think bty & remmah are deluded in terms of how rich we are.
we are run well but arent making a lot. no way can we afford a new stadium & we have to sell before we can spend big.
we arent in the CL so will have a lot less in come coming in.
we also have deadwood like keane, jenas, bentley etc costing a lot in wages.
id love modric to stay because i believe he has our best & most important player. BUT if he wants to go & we get a bid of 35m than we have to let him go.
my only small hope left is that we can convince him to give us 1 more season to get top 4.
but the way we are doing in the transfer market its looking more & more like top 6.
marc,i agree 22m is a joke bid. 35m is par price for him.
I fully agree bty...We are slowly building a squad that's not far away, and with a few addtions we can challenge for the title. and up to now, we have built on a reasonable finance budget, unlike most other club's...We cant afford to let any one player pull it all down for the sake of £30ml+, and to spursbabe comment, whether old school or not, it's because of the attitude, let em go, that players have power, and do our club no go what's soever in the long term..I admit we messed up big time in the January window, but we still have a chance...
whilst i agree with you on so many fronts i somehow feel that the best option is to have the stance that if you want away piss off. the club is bigger than any individual. Taking a tough stance by sticking on bench could backfire with our other players. If you knew your manager would stick you in the basement to rot you might be less impressed than if they said ok we will let you go but only if we get the money we want.
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Fair point Marc G, but i firmly believe we need to toughen up our image as a club and give our players a club they can be confident in. For too long now we have been a club lacking any back bone and ambition. A bit of discipline is what's needed here and Levy knows this, but it will only work if we can back it up with some serious signings and show to the players and our rivals that we mean business.