Sunday 18 March 2018

City cash could distract Modric: Harry

Harry Redknapp admits Luka Modric could be distracted by talk of a move to Manchester City, after Roberto Mancini declared his admiration for the Tottenham playmaker.

Redknapp had to fight hard to keep Modric at Tottenham last summer, after Chelsea launched a series of big-money bids in an attempt to land the highly-rated midfielder.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy refused to sell the star, but other clubs may look to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding Redknapp's future by bidding for the Croatian when the transfer window re-opens.

Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with the player throughout the season, and City boss Mancini has spoken of Modric in glowing terms, saying: "Luka Modric is an outstanding footballer, a great player ... definitely one of the best in the Premier League."

Redknapp concedes it would be hard for the 26-year-old to ignore Mancini's apparent overtures given the riches on offer to the playing staff at the Etihad Stadium.

"I would think if someone is going to offer him £200,000 a week it could probably turn his head a little, yes!" Redknapp said.

The Spurs boss wants Modric to sign a new contract at Tottenham but the Croatian has yet to do so, and uncertainty over whether Redknapp will be at White Hart Lane next year or in employment with England means Modric is unlikely to commit to anything soon.

Should Redknapp, as is expected, be offered the vacant England manager's job, a flood of applicants will seek to replace him.

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has been put forward as a plausible replacement, after guiding the Welsh club to 10th in the table. "Brendan Rodgers has got to be right there for manager of the year," said Redknapp, whose team host the Swans tomorrow.

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