Modric issues apology as bidding war heats up

Luka Modric
Luka Modric has offered his apology for refusing to join the club’s pre-season tour as PSG are preparing a bid for the Croatian playmaker.

Modric refused to join the club’s pre-season training amid interest by Primera División giants Real Madrid. On Saturday he also did not show up for the flight to the United States as part of the club’s pre-season tour.

“He has spoken to me and to the chairman. I think his apology comes and it’s welcome,” according to Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas.

“He is in London. We’ve decided for him to stay in London. The player is now training and just hopefully will make the right decision in the future. We’re just waiting on the bidding clubs to offer the right value for the player.”

It’s not the first time Modric’s behaviour has caused turmoil during Tottenham’s pre-season.

Last season the 26-year old Croatian said he was not “in the right frame of mind” to play in the season’s opening game against Manchester City after he publicly expressed his desire to move to London rivals Chelsea during pre-season. He also handed in a transfer request. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy stood his ground and said the player was not for sale at any price.

This Summer the club has been forward with the player, having stated it will listen to offers. However, Levy is adamant Spurs’ valuation for the player has to be met.

Modric’s recent antics came after Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez publicly stated the club was not willing to offer any more than £27 million for Modric. Spurs current valuation is believed to be somewhere between 35 and 40 million pounds.

Today the news broke that Paris Saint-Germain are preparing an official bid for Luka Modric. The French outfit are believed to be willing to meet the £40m valuation.

Madrid is still Modric’s preferred destination. But the interest by PSG will surely strengthen Tottenham’s position in the negotiations with Real. It’s likely Chairman Daniel Levy will try to force Real’s hand to move quickly for the Croatian playmaker by improving its initial offer of £27m (potentially rising to £31m through add-ons).

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