Villas-Boas looking beyond Modric

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas admits that the Blues will not wait forever in their pursuit of Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric and have other players in the pipeline.

The Croatia international has been the subject of fevered speculation this summer linking him with a move away from north London. Such talk was fuelled further by the player himself after Modric admitted he would like to leave White Hart Lane for pastures new, preferably Stamford Bridge.

Villas-Boas would not shed any light on the Modric situation after overseeing a 1-0 defeat of Portsmouth, but - when asked about links with Modric and West Ham midfielder Scott Parker - said: "I would prefer not to comment. You know what the situation is, it is public. At the moment we are scanning the market for everything and not just those two players."

He added: "[Modric plays in] one of the positions we are looking to strengthen.

"But again today you saw we adapted Yossi (Benayoun)'s position in the middle and also against Wycombe he was marvellous in the position.

"It is just a question of finding the solution.

"If it happens it happens, if it doesn't happen it doesn't happen."

When asked whether a deal for Modric was just a matter of time, he retorted: "No, it does not depend on us.

"Spurs have a right to defend their player and property. We just have to wait.

"We respect whatever position Tottenham takes and the prices we are talking about is an incredible amount of money."

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