Harry Redknapp explains why Arsene Wenger turned down Luka Modric

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Long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has always been considered to have a pretty good eye at spotting talent.

Whether it'd be Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie or even Laurent Koscielny, Wenger is usually one of the best out there at identifying potential stars of the future and bringing them to north London.

Well if what Harry Redknapp has claimed in a new book called 'It Shouldn’t Happen to a Manager' is true, Wenger made a huge error of judgement regarding one of the best midfielders in the world today.

In one section of the book, Redknapp discussed the signing of Croatian Luka Modric during his time in charge at Tottenham.

Before Modric moved to England from Dinamo Zagreb, he was usually played on the left-side of midfield.

But Redknapp, against advice from his backroom team, saw the Croatian's potential as a central playmaker so was eager to see how he would cope in the hustle and bustle of the Premier League.

That wasn't before Wenger had already opted against signing the now 31-year-old over concerns about his physicality, though.

"Luka Modric played off the left but I brought him inside," Redknapp wrote, as per The Metro.

"That’s even though some of my staff argued against it because they felt that he was not physically imposing enough to play in that area of the pitch.

"Arsene Wenger was put off signing him for Arsenal for that same reason.

"But we played him alongside Tom Huddlestone against a tough Chelsea midfield that included Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and John Obi Mikel.

"We won 2-1 and Luka still ran the game."

Of course, after establishing himself as a key man at White Hart Lane for four years, Modric has since gone on to enjoy even greater success at Real Madrid.

A knee injury sustained earlier this season saw the Croatian international miss October but he used that time to extend his deal at the Bernabeu until 2020.

Now Modric is back pulling the strings for Zinedine Zidane, Wenger must be wondering what might have happened had he not been so quick to misjudge how good the Madrid star would become.

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