Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is aware that midfielder Luka Modric may become resentful if he doesn’t move to Chelsea, but is willing to risk it.
Chelsea have publicly declared interest in Modric, with the Croatian playmaker issuing a come-and-get-me messages as well.
However, the move is yet to materialise in spite of a £30million Chelsea bid as Tottenham chairman David Levy has insisted that the player is not for sale.
Redknapp is glad to retain the services of his talismanic midfielder but recognises the risk of an unhappy player.
“It is difficult for him [Modric] though,” he told the Daily Telgraph.
“I was talking to [Spurs assistant manager] Joe Jordan and he said to me ‘he’s going to be sitting there thinking every week when they are in the Champions League or looking to win the Premier League, he could have been earning 100 grand more every week, or looking to win the Champions League’.
“That’s the risk you run, you’ll have to take that risk.
“We can all sit here and say ‘he’ll be all right’ but we don’t know what is in his head. Who knows? None of us know how he is going to feel.
“But he is here and he has to get on with it, for his own good. He has to come out and be the great player that we all know he is, he has to have a great season again. There is nothing more we can do.
“He [Levy] has spoken to Chelsea and said ‘let’s put an end to this because it is not going to happen’. So if that is the case, nothing is going to happen,”
Although he is confident of keeping Modric at White Hart Lane, Redknapp has also admitted that he has mentally spent some of the money from the deal, should it go through.
“There are a couple of players that I could get for very small fees that I could take, that could do very well for us. Experienced players,” he said.