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Friday 15 December 2017

Redknapp: Modric exit would bring pain to Lane

Tottenham'S in-demand midfielder Luka Modric (pictured) is unlikely to remain at White Hart Lane, former manager Harry Redknapp said yesterday.

The Croatian has been at the centre of increased transfer speculation since Redknapp was sacked as manager earlier this month.

Asked if he thought 26-year-old Modric would remain at Spurs, Redknapp said: "I don't know. I wouldn't be sure about that.

"As we saw in the European Championship (Modric) can play in any team in the world, there's no doubt about that.

"It would be (a huge loss). He is irreplaceable. But I suppose if they get massive money for him they can buy three or four players and improve the team in other areas."

Redknapp opened up about his departure, saying he would have loved to have stayed at the Premier League club but held no grudges against chairman Daniel Levy.

"Managing Tottenham was great, I loved every minute of it but it's only a job," the 65-year-old said. "I would obviously love to have stayed. Things were going well and there was no hint of me leaving.

"But it's up to the chairman and the owner. It is their club, if they feel they want to go down a different route."

Mexican misfit Giovani Dos Santos, meanwhile, will complete his exit from Tottenham this weekend, according to the country's Olympic coach.

Dos Santos has endured a nightmare four-year spell at White Hart Lane, making just two Premier League starts since he signed from Barcelona four years ago.

The 23-year-old Mexico forward has had loan spells at Racing Santander, Galatasaray and Ipswich, but Sevilla and Atletico Madrid have recently been linked with signing the player on a permanent basis.

Dos Santos, who will represent Mexico at the Olympics, has been allowed to leave the country's training camp this weekend to return to Europe, where he will complete a move to an unnamed club, the country's coach Luis Fernando Tena claims.

"He asked us if he could complete the transfer from Tottenham to another team," Tena said. "He has to go to sign papers, he has to go to get them sorted out."

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