LONDON – Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy says the Premier League club will not sell midfielder Luka Modric to Chelsea or any other suitor ''at any price.''
Modric, the Croatia international, has been strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, while Manchester City and Manchester United have also reportedly been interested in the 25-year-old.
Levy said in a statement on Spurs' website Saturday that ''none of our key players will be sold this summer. In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club.''
"We made our stance on this issue abundantly clear in writing to Chelsea. They chose to ignore it and then subsequently made the offer public.
"For the avoidance of any doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any negotiations whatsoever, with any club, regarding Luka.
"We now consider this matter closed."
Modric had earlier stated to the Daily Mail: "If somebody comes to the club and the offer is good for me and acceptable to them, then I want to leave.
"I want to leave Tottenham as friends. I have enjoyed my time there, but now it is right for me to look at another club.
"I have an arrangement with the chairman. When I signed my new contract, he said that, if another club came to sign me, they would consider the offer. I won't ask for a transfer, no. That would be disrespectful. I hope they can reach an agreement that is satisfactory for everyone.
"Chelsea are a big club with an ambitious owner. They have great players and they have ambitions to fight for the title and win the Champions League. I want to stay in London. I am very happy here and so are my family."
Modric said his desire for change was purely a professional one and reiterated his gratitude for Tottenham and their followers.
"I don't want to have an argument with Tottenham. The supporters have been very good to me and I have enjoyed my time playing for the club, but it is for football that players leave clubs and move," he said. "It has happened to Tottenham before. It is normal for a player to dream about playing for a bigger club."