Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric decided not to wait until this coming Saturday's Champions League Final to stir up rumors regarding his future. Depending on what takes place this weekend in Munich, it could once again be one rough summer for Spurs and the team's supporters.
Sources such as The Telegraph reported on Thursday that Modric could look to leave Spurs this summer if Tottenham are again without Champions League football next fall. According to the reports, Modric told the media "I will decide about my future after the Euros. I will make the decision where to continue my career. I'm ready for the big tests."
This news is hardly a surprise. Along with Modric, Gareth Bale and Benoit Assou-Ekotto both recently made similar comments regarding their desires to play in Champions League, although Assou-Ekotto did later admit that he is currently loyal to Spurs regardless of what takes place this weekend. What is a bit of a head-scratcher, however, is that Modric chose to make such comments before this Saturday.
Chelsea will take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final on May 19. Bayern Munich are favorites to win the contest, largely because the match will take place at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. Were Chelsea to pull off one final stunning victory in the competition, however, they would steal the Premier League's fourth and final spot in next season's Champions League. That spot currently belongs to Spurs, who finished fourth in the EPL table.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy told supporters in his end of the season address that Spurs do not intend to lose their star players this summer regardless of what takes place on May 19. Levy and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp made similar comments last August when Spurs were stuck with Europa League fixtures. The two remained true to their words, as Spurs held onto Modric despite both the player's desire to join Chelsea and the Blues offering £40m for the midfielder.
Spurs cannot truly begin to make plans for the summer until the conclusion of Saturday's Champions League Final. A Bayern Munich victory that allows Tottenham to back into next season's competition could help silence Modric and other players on the squad, and also allow Spurs to bring in the talent needed to keep everybody happy. Such acquisitions could be the difference between Spurs routinely enjoying European football, and a Tottenham team that leaves fans wondering where it all went wrong.
Modric has been linked with a potential move to new league champs Manchester City, and the player could force a transfer following Saturday's result. A Chelsea win in the Final that's followed by Modric submitting a transfer request could make things complicated, but Levy and Redknapp must, if faced with such a scenario, first look into moving Modric to a big name team located out of the country. Losing Modric would be harsh enough.
Having to see him on the opposite end of the pitch multiple times in one season would merely be a reminder of the season that wasn't for Spurs.
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