Redknapp: Modric needs to play

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has told wantaway playmaker Luka Modric to stop pining for a move to Chelsea and start committing himself to playing for Spurs.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has told wantaway playmaker Luka Modric to stop pining for a move to Chelsea and start committing himself to playing for Spurs.

Modric made himself unavailable for Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester United on Monday after telling Redknapp he was not focused enough to play amid a reported £30m bid from Chelsea for the player.

Redknapp is growing tired of the speculation surrounding the player, who has missed the club’s opening two games of the season due to niggling ankle, groin and hamstring injuries.

The 64-year-old met with Daniel Levy yesterday to discuss Modric’s future and the Spurs chairman gave Redknapp the same assurance that he has given him all summer – that the Croatian is staying.

Modric did not train with his team-mates this morning, but could play in tomorrow’s Europa League play-off second leg against Hearts if Redknapp thinks he is fit and focused enough to give a good performance.

“The situation is that he is not for sale,” Redknapp said.

“Yesterday when I spoke to the chairman he said Luka definitely wasn’t going and that was the end of the matter as far as he was concerned.

“Luka has to get on and play now. I need him back playing.

“Will he play tomorrow? Possibly. We will see how his hamstring is on Thursday. Certainly I’m looking to have him fit for the weekend against Man City.”

Playing Modric in tomorrow’s clash – which Spurs lead 5-0 from the first leg - would mean he would not be able to play in the Champions League for Chelsea until February if he moves, but Redknapp could not care less.

“We are not in the Champions League so it won’t affect us,” Redknapp added.

“I’m not bothered about anyone else. He is here, we love him, he is a great player so I need him back playing.

“He has to crack on with it now and I’m sure he will.”

Redknapp also said he would block Modric’s participation in Croatia’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Malta next week if he continues to miss Tottenham’s matches.

“He is not going to go away and play for his country next week if he doesn’t play for Tottenham,” Redknapp said.

“Like all players, if they are not fit to play for their clubs they will not be going off on international duty.”

Redknapp is hoping to seal a loan move for Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor soon.

His capture would prove to be a controversial one given the striker’s controversial past and the fact that he used to play for Arsenal, but Redknapp is confident his arrival would be good news for Spurs.

“He is a good player and he is a real talent,” Redknapp said.

“If we can get him at it he could be a big success as he has a big point to prove.

“People have played for both teams (Arsenal and Spurs) before.

“William Gallas came in here last year and did well for us and the crowd took to him.

“If he (Adebayor) comes here and gets goals the fans will love him. If he doesn’t they’ll slaughter him.”

Redknapp was quick to dampen any speculation that Adebayor’s possible arrival would lead to Peter Crouch leaving.

“Crouchy is a good player and a good lad,” Redknapp said. “There is nothing there as far as I know and there’s nothing that I want to happen.”

One surprise arrival at White Hart Lane could be Joe Cole after Redknapp revealed his admiration for the out-of-favour Liverpool midfielder today.

“I like Joe. I signed him as an 11-year-old (at West Ham),” Redknapp added.

“We haven’t made any enquiries about him but I wouldn’t sit here and say I wouldn’t have him at the club because if I did I’d be lying.”

Sunday’s clash against Manchester City means that Redknapp will field a much-changed XI tomorrow to the one that lost at Old Trafford on Monday.

Teenagers Tom Carroll and Harry Kane will make their debuts and Andros Townsend is also likely to start along with Jake Livermore.

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