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Redknapp insists Modric will stay

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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists Luka Modric will play for the club in the Barclays Premier League against Manchester City on Sunday.

Modric was left out of the squad which eased into the group stages of the Europa League with a goalless draw against Hearts at White Hart Lane to record a 5-0 triumph on aggregate. But Redknapp says the Croatian midfielder, who wants to join Chelsea in a £30million deal before the transfer window closes next week, is now almost certain to stay at Tottenham.

Redknapp, who said Modric had met with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, said: "He'll be playing on Sunday for sure. I think there was a meeting. Daniel just said the same thing, he's not for sale. It's been difficult for him but we want him to stay and he will stay."

He added: "He'll train tomorrow and Saturday and should be fit for Sunday.

"He could have kicked up and been a problem and if he had done it would have been difficult to keep him.

"If players want to be destructive they can be but he's not got that in his nature.

"He'll stay and play and will be great as he has been every other year."

When asked if the saga was now finished Redknapp said: "Yeah, I think it's finished."

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