Harry Redknapp has admitted he will have a tough time getting Luka Modric’s head into the right space, with the Spurs boss admitting the playmaker wishes he was at Chelsea now.
In a transfer saga that lasted months, Modric eventually was confined to a future at White Hart Lane, and now Andre Villas-Boas says he won’t go after the Croatia international in January.
And while Redknapp knows that Modric doesn’t want to be at Tottenham right now, and would rather be playing in a Chelsea shirt, the manager is hopeful that the north London side can get on with things and focus on their goal of fighting for a Champions League place.
"I could sit here and say, 'Yeah, he's glad he never went to Chelsea, he's glad he didn't get all that money, he is much happier now', [and] I would be talking rubbish," the Tottenham boss said.
"I don't know how he feels but he is here and we get on with it now. I had always been brought up with the belief that if you didn't want a player you would move them on and bring in someone who does.
"I was of that opinion in the end. I thought, 'If Luka doesn't want to be here then take £40million and we'll all move on'. But I love him as a player. I'm delighted he's still here."
Redknapp is looking on the bright side of the Chelsea situation, and insists that despite Modric’s feelings about Tottenham right now, he can add something special to the Spurs squad.
"I felt we needed to keep Luka and add to him," he said.
"It will give us a big lift having those two here."