Modric was the fulcrum of Harry Redknapp's Tottenham side but, once he became aware of the interest from bigger clubs, he wanted a move away.
First he expressed an interest in moving to Chelsea in 2011, then he handed in a transfer request as to engineer a move to Real Madrid the next season. His departure and that of Rafael van der Vaart left a gaping hole in Spurs midfield that still has yet to be filled.
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