Latest Chelsea offer for Luka Modric 'pretty poor' says Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has ridiculed Chelsea's latest offer for Luka Modric and insists that even a bid of over £30m will not be enough to tempt the club to sell their star playmaker.

The Tottenham boss also claims chairman Daniel Levy is so intent on keeping Modric that a transfer request would not change his stance.

After seeing a £22m bid knocked back for Modric last month, Chelsea reportedly returned with an improved £27million offer yesterday.

Modric has repeatedly stated he wants to leave White Hart Lane to complete a "dream" move to Chelsea.

The 25-year-old Croatian raised the stakes in his stand-off with Spurs on Saturday when he launched a stinging attack on Levy, accusing the chairman of "twisting the facts" about a meeting between the two concerning his future last week.

Modric claims Levy reneged on a deal to allow him to leave this summer for a bigger club, but Spurs insist no such agreement exists and they are adamant the former Dinamo Zagreb man will not be sold at any price.

Redknapp has been scathing of Chelsea's approach for Modric, describing their opening offer for his midfield maestro as "farcical" and "a joke".

He was just as unimpressed with the latest attempt to prise Modric away from Spurs.

"I still think £27million is a pretty poor offer in my opinion for a player of that ability," Redknapp told Sky Sports News.

"It wouldn't be anywhere near what I value him at if he was for sale, but he is not for sale."

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is clearly a keen admirer of Modric having authorised the original offer for the player when his team were managerless.

The Russian, who has now installed Andre Villas-Boas as manager, could back another Chelsea offer, but Redknapp insists such a move would be pointless.

"There is nowhere to go with it really. That's the end of it. The chairman has made his stance. He is not for sale and that's it," the 64-year-old added.

When asked whether a bid of £30million may change the club's stance, Redknapp said: "I don't think so. I honestly value him way in excess of that."

Modric has always said he will not submit a formal transfer request to force through a move despite his claim that Levy has promised to let him languish in the reserves if he continues to oppose the club's stance.

When asked whether a transfer request would lead to Modric leaving, Redknapp replied: "I wouldn't see it having any effect on the situation."

Redknapp has praised the 25-year-old's professional attitude since he returned to training last week and thinks he would not hand in a transfer request anyway.

"He is not a trouble-maker in any way shape or form," Redknapp said.

"He has come in, trained great today. That's how he is. He will just get on with his job and we will just wait and see what happens. We really don't want to lose him because he is a key player for us."

Modric will board Spurs' plane to South Africa tomorrow where they will play three matches in a tournament with the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

"He will be going to South Africa, for sure. He is the last lad in the world that would ever cause a problem. You would never meet a nicer boy. He has not got it in him to be nasty," added Redknapp.

"There are players who would want to go who would be a real problem. I have come across many players who, if they wanted to go somewhere, then they would kick up and make sure he got away, but that's just not in his nature."

Club captain Ledley King will miss the trip to South Africa after having a knee operation last night.

Spurs expect the defender, who played just nine times last season due to a groin injury, to be fit for the new season.

News
people Emma Watson addresses celebrity nude photo leak
News
Katie Hopkins appearing on 'This Morning' after she purposefully put on 4 stone.
peopleKatie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge
News
Boris Johnson may be manoeuvring to succeed David Cameron
i100
News
peopleHis band Survivor was due to resume touring this month
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
News
In this photo illustration a school student eats a hamburger as part of his lunch which was brought from a fast food shop near his school, on October 5, 2005 in London, England. The British government has announced plans to remove junk food from school lunches. From September 2006, food that is high in fat, sugar or salt will be banned from meals and removed from vending machines in schools across England. The move comes in response to a campaign by celebrity TV chef Jamie Oliver to improve school meals.
science
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Life and Style
fashionModel of the moment shoots for first time with catwalk veteran
Life and Style
fashionPart of 'best-selling' Demeter scent range
News
i100
Sport
Tom Cleverley
footballLoan move comes 17 hours after close of transfer window
Sport
Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Mario Balotelli
footballRadamel Falcao and Diego Costa head record £835m influx
Life and Style
fashionAngelina Jolie's wedding dressed revealed
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering