Luka Modric must reject Chelsea’s advances and remain at Tottenham Hotspur, according to Croatia manager Slaven Bilic.
Modric’s White Hart Lane future was the subject of much speculation last summer, where a move to Stamford Bridge was thought to be inevitable at one stage.
Now his national team coach has claimed that the playmaker should reject any further approach from the Blues and remain with Spurs, dubbing Harry Redknapp’s side as a “massive club”.
“I have spoken with Luka and I will respect whatever he decides to do,” Bilic is quoted as saying in the Metro.
“But I did say to him he's already at a massive club at Tottenham. Everyone knows huge clubs are interested in Luka but what I said was he should not forget how big Tottenham are.”
The report also claims that Modric was open about a desire to make the move across London and join the Chelsea, but was convinced to stay by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
However, the clubs have been unable to agree a new contract for the 26-year-old, meaning a move to Roman Abramovich’s club is back on this summer.
The report also suggests that Manchester City would be interested in signing the talented midfielder.
Spurs will be hoping they can finish above Chelsea in the Champions League spots to use as a tool for convincing Modric to stay with Redknapp’s side.
Champions League football is also a key factor in attracting better players, let alone keeping hold of your more talented ones.