Chelsea & United issued £40m 'hands off' playmaker warning

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has sent a clear message to suitors Manchester United and Chelsea over the future of Luka Modric.

The Croatian playmaker was heavily linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in the summer transfer window, with the Blues lodging a £40 million deadline day offer to try and lure the player from north London.

But Spurs held firm, and now Redknapp insists the 26-year-old midfielder will be staying for the foreseeable future.

"Luka's future is here. No one is for sale. We are keeping our best players and if anything we will be adding to the squad, not selling," he's reported as saying in The Evening Standard.

"That's the message from me and the chairman (Daniel Levy). We won't be weakening the squad."

The comments should all-but end the interest of Modric's Barclays Premier League suitors, with Chelsea the most prevalent since manager Andre Villas-Boas' arrival in west London.

AVB instantly set about rebuilding his side at Stamford Bridge, and drafted in youngsters Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Oriol Romeu to give the Chelsea squad a much younger look.

Whilst the former Dinamo Zagreb starlet represented an older option, Villas-Boas was keen to bring the midfielder to Chelsea as the creative linchpin in a side that could challenge for the title.

Thought to have retained his interest, the former Porto boss will now need to look elsewhere if he is to strengthen his Chelsea side in the position in 2012.

The same applies to Manchester United, who were linked with a plethora of players of a similar ilk in the summer.

Wesley Sneijder, Mario Gotze and Lucas Rodriguez have also been placed on the Old Trafford radar, with Sir Alex Ferguson considering his options in the position after a recent dip in form.

The Manchester United manager entrusted Tom Cleverley in the position following Paul Scholes' retirement, but a subsequent injury to the England youngster has exposed a lack of depth in the position.

Modric was thought to be one possible option, but Manchester United will now need to look elsewhere when the New Year arrives.

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