Aug 062012

We have watched so many events unfold in the Premier League with keen interest. One of the interesting stories that have been on over the last couple of months is the Modric transfer saga. Luka Modric has been constantly linked with a move away from White Hart Lane since last year summer.  Chelsea and Manchester United went head to head for the Croatian but all advances were blocked by Tottenham. This same thing has happened again this year but instead of Chelsea and United, it is José Mourinho’s Real Madrid in the spot light.

It is no secret that Modric has been trying to force a transfer from the club since last year. When the present manager, André Villas-Boas was with Chelsea, he tried to sign him and according to reports, it got to a point where Luka Modric wanted to submit a transfer request-that’s how bad he wanted to leave. The allure of Champions League football is strong and it is reported that he wants to play in the Champions League with a top European club.

As Tottenham missed out on the Champions League spot at the end of last season, the whole ‘Modric saga’ reared its head again. It was always going to be hard to keep stars like Modric without Champions League football. Real Madrid came calling. Modric has been doing his best to get is desired transfer ever since. He didn’t turn up for the pre-season tour weeks ago (though he made himself available days later).It is clear to the whole world that Modric wants to leave. So what is holding him up? Why is Tottenham frustrating every interested party? What is Daniel Levy’s angle?

Well, I think one of the reasons why Levy is trying to keep Modric at White Hart Lane is because of his importance to the team. Luka Modric has been one of the key players of the North London side for more than 3 years now. I understand that allowing him leave will be a blow to the progress the club has made over the last few years. That should be the major reason anyway. Another thing is the nature of Daniel Levy.

Daniel Levy is not the easiest man to do business with. He has a reputation of being stubborn. Levy cannot be bullied into

Daniel Levy

any decision. Once he makes up his mind about something, that’s the end. For a man who is in charge of a club like Tottenham, his character towards transfers is understandable. If Levy was not strong enough to withstand pressure and make important decisions (on transfers for that matter), Tottenham won’t be pushing for European football. The only problem I have with Levy is the reported agreement he had with Modric.

Former Tottenham player and Luka Modric’s compatriot, Niko Kranjcar lifted the lid on Levy’s behaviour. He claimed the Tottenham supremo was deliberately standing in Modric’s way

“I know that the chairman talked to him face to face last autumn. He promised Luka he would let him go, and now he’s condemning him. Levy did everything to protect the interest of the club and make a profit. He has also used lies to deceive the public, which is allowed in business, but if you were in Luka’s shoes, you would probably doo the same.”

“To have an offer from Real Madrid’s a once-in-a-career opportunity I’d do anything to go to Santiago Bernabeu, playing for Real Madrid is the greatest privilege in any footballer’s career, even if I prefer Barcelona. That’s why I understand Luka”

Even former Tottenham boss, Harry Redknapp corroborate Kranjcar’s comments

“The club would be happy to sell if they get the right money. The chairman said to him last year ‘Give us one more season and if Real come in, I won’t stand in your way’

Andres Villas-Boas has said the club is waiting for a suitable offer for the playmaker. This current situation begs these questions; is Luka Modric being priced out of likely transfer deals to tie him down for another year? Or is Daniel Levy just up to his old tricks of squeezing out enough cash out of transfer deals?

Either way, Daniel Levy and Andres Villas-Boas must understand that there is a limit to how much you can push a player. It is not wise to keep a player at a club against his will.

[Quotes via Goal, Bettor]

Written by Adetunji Tayo

You can follow Adetunji Tayo on twitter via @ChelseaXtremist


Apr 142010

I’m proud to announce that SFB will now publish a new series of articles, called “Relieve the Memories”, and in each article I’ll post an Arsenal video (mostly goals) which are some of my favourites. Not only that, I’ll add my own comments and views of the goal. So do not hesitate and give your opinions of the goal too!

As the final North London Derby of the season approaches, let’s look back to the season of 2002/03, in which Thierry Henry scored this spectacular goal…

My thoughts on the goal

This goal was all about speed, pace, trickery and finish. And Thierry Henry (in an Arsenal shirt of course) had all of the above. The speed at which he takes the ball from his own half, and single-handedly dribbles past all the Tottenham defenders to score the goal was breathtaking. Henry really had everything: power, speed, composure, technique and finishing ability, and in this goal he showcased some of those traits.

And what about the goal celebration.

How much more perfect could it get? You single-handedly dribbles past the Tottenham defenders from your own half to your opponent’s half to score, and you run back from your opponent’s half to your own half to celebrate in front of the Tottenham fans. This time however, he was not alone. As he celebrated, all the Arsenal fans were joining him…

That’s my thoughts on the goal. Do share yours! Remember, the whole series is called “Relieve the Memories”, so it wouldn’t be complete unless the fans share their thoughts. I hope to showcase a goal once every few days. Thanks for watching and reading.


P.S. And if someone can suggest to me a better name for this series rather than “Relieve the Memories”, do not hesitate! “Relieve the Memories” sounds corny to me but I’ve ran out of brain juice so I can’t think of a better name at the moment. So do me a favour please. Thanks once again. (287)

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