Defiant Levy tells Modric he will not be sold at any price


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Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, told Croatian midfielder Luka Modric last night that he is not prepared to consider selling him at any price.

Modric flew into Heathrow Airport from Zagreb and was driven straight to a 30-minute meeting with Levy at White Hart Lane. A smiling Levy afterwards said: "We had a very good conversation and, as I've said previously, Luka Modric will not be sold. That's the end of it. As I said a few weeks ago, there's no further discussion on it."

"He's been on holiday but we've now had the conversation and he understands our position," Levy added. "I'm sure once he's back with his team-mates everything will be fine."

Tottenham rejected a £22m bid from Chelsea for Modric last month, prompting an outburst in which the player openly talked of his desire to move across London. It is understood Modric, 25, now regrets his comments and is keen to rebuild his relationship with Tottenham, who accept that he has been poorly advised. However he would still prefer to move to Chelsea, who are offering Champions League football and are prepared to nearly treble Modric's current salary of £45,000 a week, to £120,000 a week. Tottenham's pay structure makes it impossible for them to come close to matching Chelsea's offer, although it is believed they are willing to offer a pay rise on the six-year deal he signed in May last year. Chelsea are thought to be prepared to go as high as £30m to land Modric.

Levy insisted he is not interested in selling Modric even if they receive higher offers. He said: "It would make no difference. This is not about money. We're not selling our best players."

Chelsea are also keen on Radamel Falcao, left, Porto's Colombian striker, who said yesterday he wants to leave Porto and move to the Premier League. The 25-year-old striker, who set a new goalscoring record of 17 goals in 14 games during last season's Europa League campaign, has a buy-out clause in his contract of £26m, but Chelsea are hoping to do a deal.