Manager Harry Redknapp has pledged to show Luka Modric that he can achieve all his ambitions with Tottenham but these comments raise a question that has been gone over time and time again.
Quite simply, should we have done this 12 months ago?
Go back a year and Spurs had qualified for the Champions League for the first time in our history. Without wanting to go over old ground, there was very little investment in the squad and no movement at all in the January transfer window, save for the arrival of Steven Pienaar, when the need for a striker was clear.
Instead, the manager seemed to want to withdraw from the battle for fourth place and cite the money that Chelsea and Manchester City had behind them as reasons why we shouldn’t expect Champions League football year in year out.
Now Modric wants to leave for a ‘bigger’ club in Chelsea.
“I think we have to show him our ambition, which we will do,” Redknapp said.
“If we can add one or two good players to our squad there’s no reason we can’t have another great season. So Tottenham couldbe a great club for him to stay with for the next few years. That’s what we’re hoping for.”
Stirring words maybe, but should we have been saying them last year?