Rafael van der Vaart insists Luka Modric isn’t motivated by money, as Chelsea and Manchester United continue to circle the star playmaker.
"If someone wants to leave it's difficult to keep them. When a player is unhappy it's not a good thing," van der Vaart said.
“Luka and [Gareth] Bale don't play for money - they play to win something. If they have to go to another club it's their decision."
Modric has been the subject of countless transfer rumours over the summer, with the star fielding a £22 million offer from Chelsea, and Manchester United hot favourites to take on the Tottenham man.
But Harry Redknapp continues to insist that Modric is not for sale, or at least not for the £20 million mark.
“I was surprised by the figure," the Tottenham manager told Sky Sports News.
“It's a farcical bid. If they're going to make an offer, make an offer, but £22 million for Luka Modric is ridiculous.
“We wouldn't put a valuation on him. He's such a fantastic player, we don't want to sell him.
“He's up there with the very, very best players in the Premier League and I think he can play in any team in the world, he's that good.”
Chelsea and Manchester United both have large budgets this summer, and can likely afford far more than the £22 million Chelsea first offered for Modric. And with Sir Alex Ferguson looking at building on United's midfield, the two English giants certainly won’t give up on Modric without a fight.
Champions League will be another carrot for Chelsea and United to offer, with Tottenham only able to give Europa experience to Modric. If Van der Vaart is right about his teammate, then top tier European glory could in fact be the reason Modric decides to move to greener pastures.
Sky Sports is reporting that Modric is due to speak to Tottenham today about his future.