Chelsea and Luka Modric have received the clearest indication yet that Tottenham are in no mood to sell the Croat after Spurs manager Harry Redknapp out-rightly rejected Modric's written transfer request.
After weeks of speculation linking the 25-year-old to Chelsea, and after the Blues had two bids rejected for the player, Modric, on Wednesday, handed in a written transfer request to be allowed to move. This came after he blasted his club chairman Daniel Levy last week, accusing him of going back on their gentleman's agreement to let him leave if a bigger club came calling and offered a sum in the region of £25 million.
However, Redknapp has sent out the a clear message to Chelsea in rejecting Modric's transfer request.
We know Luka wants to leave, Redknapp said. Writing it down on a piece of paper doesn't make much difference to our stance.
Chelsea had bids of £22 million and £27 million turned down so far, and at the moment chances of landing Modric are bleak, unless they offer a sum lucrative enough that Spurs can't deny. They are now expected to bid for a third time, with an offer in the region of £30 million though it is believed that Spurs are holding out for an even higher fee.
Modric is currently in South Africa with his team-mates for Spurs' pre-season tour.