Sport The Portugal forward picked up a pass from Angel Di Maria on the left, cut inside and unleashed a powerful shot past home goalkeeper Stephan Andersen for his 21st league goal of the campaign

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema took Real Betis apart to give Real Madrid a resounding 5-0 win yesterday that put them level on 50 points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Football round-up: No Modric and no luck for Spurs

A Luka Modric-free Tottenham opened their pre-season campaign in South Africa with a 1-0 defeat against Kaizer Chiefs, who scored on the break in added time.

Offer for Modric set to reach £30m

Chelsea are not giving up on their pursuit of midfielder Luka Modric and are expected to lift their offer to £30m in the next few days, despite Tottenham's repeated insistence that the Croatian is not for sale.

Luka Modric available to play in friendly insist Tottenham

Tottenham insist Luka Modric is available to play in tomorrow's pre-season friendly against Kaizer Chiefs despite his ongoing battle with the club over a move to Chelsea.

Manchester United deny making move to sign Wesley Sneijder

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims his club have "no real interest" in Wesley Sneijder and accepts there is no point worrying about who will replace the newly-retired Paul Scholes.

Redknapp refuses to shift on Modric

Harry Redknapp insists Luka Modric will be staying at the club despite the Croatian midfielder having submitted a transfer request. The Spurs manager said: "We know he wants to leave and whether he writes it down on a piece of paper doesn't really make any difference."

Michael Dawson backs Daniel Levy over Luka Modric stance

Michael Dawson has backed Daniel Levy's tough stance over the Luka Modric transfer saga and insists that the Tottenham players are not angry at the Croatian for declaring that he wants to join Chelsea.

Tottenham defiant despite Luka Modric transfer request

Harry Redknapp insists that Luka Modric will be staying at Tottenham despite the Croatian submitting a transfer request.

Modric hands in transfer request to force move

Tottenham Hotspur were hit by two pieces of bad news yesterday as the first team flew out to start their pre-season tour of South Africa. Luka Modric handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force through a proposed move to Chelsea, while the club fear that midfielder Sandro, who injured his knee on Copa America duty with Brazil, will require surgery that could keep him out for up to three months.

Luka Modric bound for South Africa on Tottenham tour

Luka Modric will fly to South Africa for Tottenham's pre-season tour today after manager Harry Redknapp insisted there was no chance of the wantaway midfielder joining Chelsea.

Jack Wilshere wants Cesc Fabregas to be a 'real man' and stay at Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere admits he would be devastated if Cesc Fabregas were to leave the Gunners and hopes the Spain international will be a "real man" and show the same loyalty to the club he did last year.

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.

Chelsea rocked by severity of Michael Essien injury

Chelsea were rocked last night by confirmation that Michael Essien will be out until next year after undergoing knee surgery.

Chelsea's £22m offer for Modric is ridiculous, says Redknapp

Tottenham manager says Croatian is training hard and must sort his problem out with chairman himself

James Lawton: Donald must start having a say in the climactic major moments before it's too late

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Modric accuses Levy of broken promises and 'threats'

Luka Modric has reiterated his desire to leave Tottenham for Chelsea, and has expressed his frustration with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy for preventing him from doing so. Modric told a Croatian newspaper that Levy had broken a "gentlemen's agreement" to allow him to leave this summer.

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