It is clear that Luka Modric wants to be given the chance to join Chelsea this summer, although Harry Redknapp and Daniel Levy are working hard to ensure that the Croatian remains with Tottenham Hotspur.
A second bid from Stamford Bridge has been rejected by Spurs and Modric will now join his Tottenham team-mates on their forthcoming tour of South Africa as Spurs prepare for the new campaign.
Even so, Modric is thought to have infuriated Levy with his attempts to leave Spurs and perhaps it is now a case of the north London club simply holding out for as much money as possible.
“I wasn’t in the meeting between the chairman and Luka, but my relationship with him hasn’t changed,” said Redknapp.
“No matter what happens I will always think very highly of Luka. He’s as good as gold: a great boy and not a troublemaker in any shape or form. He’s the last lad in the world that would ever cause a problem. He’ll just get on with his job, and let’s see what happens. But we really don’t want to lose him because he’s a key player for us.”