Luka Modric has thinly veiled dig at Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

By Harry Sykes

Luka Modric has had a dig at the Tottenham “politics” that affected the club’s ability to compete during his time at White Hart Lane.

In an interview with Sky Sports News broadcast on Friday morning, Modric did not name names but his words would surely have been aimed in the direction of long-standing chairman Daniel Levy, who has run the club with an iron fist for the last decade-and-a-half.

The Real Madrid midfielder spent four years at Tottenham from 2008 to 2012 and was an integral member of a team that were regular challengers for a top-four place and had one memorable run to the Champions League quarter-finals but did not go on to win any silverware.

The stars of that team, Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Modric himself, were eventually sold, with two of them moving to Real for massive fees, as Spurs continued to show they were a selling club.

Croatia international Modric has noted that there has been a definite change of emphasis in recent years as Mauricio Pochettino aims to wins the title with a young, hungry group of players and resist all attempts to sell them to the highest bidder.

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A host of senior players, led by main men Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris, have committed to long-term contracts this season and made it clear they want to stay at the club.

Asked if Spurs are now better-placed to keep their top players, Modric had a thinly veiled dig at Levy as he told Sky Sports News: “Of course that is the key for each team, to keep your best players. Now Tottenham have changed their politics a little bit and they want to keep their best players.

“That’s one way to help you get to the top and win the Premier League.”

Levy has been in charge of Spurs’ transfers and contract negotiations during his time at the club and effectively operates as both chairman and chief executive.

In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.

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