Spurs stand firm over 'genius' Blues bid

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp admits he has sympathy for the club's want-away midfielder Luka Modric, who continues to garner interest from Chelsea.

The 25-year-old Croatian playmaker last week handed in a transfer request, following the rejection of two bids from the Blues, with the latter amounting to £27million.

"I can understand how Luka feels in all this," Redknapp told The Sun. "If anyone offers to treble your wages you'd be interested and Chelsea are a big club.

"Everyone wants Luka. Just ask Alex Ferguson what he thinks of him, ask Roberto Mancini at Manchester City - they all want him. He could play for Barcelona."

After naming Modric captain for Spurs' pre-season friendly against the Orlando Pirates in South Africa on Tuesday evening, Redknapp defended the player's actions - and intimated he has remained professional throughout the speculation.

"Luka wants the chance to win things and he is ambitious," he continued. "All I'll say is that we are too at Tottenham.

"It's early days in the transfer market and no one is more ambitious than our chairman Daniel Levy.

"Luka wants to know that Tottenham will be right up there challenging next season and we are working hard to bring in couple of big signings that may convince him to stick with us. I hope so."

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has so far been reluctant to make any waves in the transfer market until after he has finished assessing his Stamford Bridge squad when they return from their tour of the Far East.

However, Modric appeared to be the first confirmed target under the Blues' new regime - something that comes as no surprise to Redknapp or the rest of the White Hart Lane hierarchy.

"I have sympathy for Luka and his character has shone through in all this. He's a fantastic bloke and a genius of a player. I'd just ask him to be patient."

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