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Levy tells Modric that Tottenham will not let him go – at any price

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Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric will not be holding talks with chairman Daniel Levy today over his future in north London, Press Association Sport understands.

Tottenham duo Danny Rose and Kyle Walker sign new deals

England Under-21 internationals Danny Rose and Kyle Walker have signed contract extensions with Tottenham until 2015 and 2016 respectively, the club have confirmed.

Luka Modric not motivated by money says Rafael van der Vaart

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart believes Luka Modric's desire to leave White Hart Lane is not down to financial reasons.

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Joey Barton yesterday ridiculed suggestions that Scott Parker was a better player than him. Barton was writing on Twitter and defending his recent claim that he was the best English midfielder.

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Chelsea are monitoring the situation concerning Arsenal's disenchanted midfielder Samir Nasri, and may compete with Manchester United for his signature should their move for Tottenham Hotspur's Luka Modric fall flat.

Andre Villas-Boas predicts competitive Premier League

New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas knows his side will not be the only ones looking to knock Manchester United off the top of the Barclays Premier League - but is ready to meet those "big, big challenges" head on.

United complete Young signing but miss out on Varane to Real

Villa winger agrees £17m deal as Zidane persuades promising defender to head for the Bernabeu

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Spurs manager Harry Redknapp recently revealed that he has urged Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to find him 'three fantastic players' to improve his squad.

Modric changes tack after Spurs stand firm over Chelsea interest

Luka Modric is expected to backtrack on an interview he gave over the weekend in which he intimated he wanted to join Chelsea, by issuing a statement this week in which he will attempt to rebuild the damage done to his relationship with both his club, Tottenham Hotspur, and their chairman, Daniel Levy.

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