Tottenham Hotspur are desperate to become a Premier League title contender over the next few years and that involves keeping their best players rather than allow them to leave White Hart Lane in the same way that Michael Carrick and Dimitar Berbatov departed for Manchester United.
Luka Modric is the Spurs player who has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer, with the west London club bidding £22 million for the Croatian although Tottenham are determined to keep hold of the midfielder and it appears that Daniel Levy and Harry Redknapp will get their way.
Nikky Vuksan, Modric’s agent, told BBC Sport: “I don’t think he’ll hand in a transfer request. He will honour his contract.
“He wants to play Champions League and win trophies. The only way we can resolve this is to sit down and talk. Luka will report today for training and will do his best, as always.
Vuksan continued: “I have never been in a situation before where a player has had to fight a club and it’s not something we want to do. The only official offer so far is from Chelsea and we haven’t talked to any clubs. It’s no surprise that there is interest in Luka, though, because he is a top, top player.”