Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has told the club he wants to leave for Chelsea but will not present a formal transfer request.
Speculation has been rife concerning the Croatia international, with rivals Manchester City and Manchester United reportedly joining the Blues in their pursuit of the player but it is managerless Chelsea who appear to offer Modric the most attractive option as he would prefer to remain in the capital.
"If somebody comes to the club and the offer is good for me and acceptable to them, then I want to leave," Modric told the Daily Mail. "Chelsea are a big club with an ambitious owner. They have great players and they have ambitions to fight for the title and win the Champions League. I want to stay in London. I am very happy here and so are my family."
Modric does not wish to enrage Spurs fans but is equally eager to chase for silverware and intends to discuss his future when he returns from holiday.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has repeatedly said his prized midfielder is not for sale and would be unwilling to even entertain offers of less than £30million.
Modric added: "I want to leave Tottenham as friends. I have enjoyed my time there, but now it is right for me to look at another club.
"I have an arrangement with the chairman. When I signed my new contract, he said that, if another club came to sign me, they would consider the offer. I won't ask for a transfer, no. That would be disrespectful. I hope they can reach an agreement that is satisfactory for everyone.
Modric said his desire for change was purely a professional one and reiterated his gratitude for Tottenham and their followers.
"I don't want to have an argument with Tottenham. The supporters have been very good to me and I have enjoyed my time playing for the club, but it is for football that players leave clubs and move," he said. "It has happened to Tottenham before. It is normal for a player to dream about playing for a bigger club."
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