As the first team squad travelled to the US over the weekend, there was only one story dominating the headlines. The key player left behind was Luka Modric who has now incurred fines of £160,000 – one for failing to turn up for training and the other for refusing to travel with the rest of the squad.
“I think Modric is wrong. This will go against him. He has worsened the situation with what he’s doing and now the chairman is very angry,” said Andre Villas-Boas at the weekend.
The Croatian did find a little sympathy however from former Real Madrid player Rafael van der Vaart,
“You can’t compare Real Madrid with other teams because they are the biggest team in the world. It was really an honour that I played there and I’m still really thankful. I think every player wants to play there,” VDV said.
“I’ve been one of the closest people to Modric in the dressing room and I feel for him. It is a difficult situation. The chairman is angry but Luka is very upset with what is happening. I think everything will be fixed in three or four days,” he added.
Like Rafa, many are now expecting this transfer to be sorted asap but it’s been dragging on for weeks now with no solution. Last season, Daniel Levy said that he was prepared to see Luka rot in the stands – could it even come to that?