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Tottenham are ready to smash their wage structure and hand Luka Modric a new contract worth £75,000-a-week once the Croatian midfielder commits his immediate future to the club.

Modric is expected to issue a statement this week in which he will attempt to take the sting out of comments published on Saturday in which he declared his ambition to leave Spurs this summer, with London rivals Chelsea his preferred destination.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been in touch with Modric’s agent, Mario Mamic, who has indicated that the 25-year-old is ready to accept the club’s decision not to sell him following the Spurs chief’s strongly-worded statement on Saturday.

Modric has said he will not hand in an official transfer request and Spurs officials believe Chelsea ‘got to him’ prior to giving the ill-advised interviews. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has suggested that the Stamford Bridge club had been in contact for a number of weeks, while there is suspicion over the role of super-agent Kia Joorabchian, who is not Modric’s representative.

While Levy and Redknapp are understood to have been hurt by Modric’s declaration of his desire to leave, they understand that his £45,000-a-week salary, agreed when he signed a six-year contract last summer, undervalues him in the current market.

Spurs’ tight wage structure means Levy cannot offer Modric the £130,000 weekly wage he could pick up at Chelsea, but he is ready to offer £75,000-a-week to make the former Dinamo Zagreb man the highest paid player at White Hart Lane. Levy is wary of appearing to reward Modric for his public outburst but believes it is imperative to keep the player happy as Spurs target a top four finish next season.

Redknapp rates Modric as the best player in his squad and believes an improved salary will settle the player down, with club sources insisting they have no concerns about any negative influence in the dressing room.

In his statement, Modric will insist he is happy at Spurs and clarify that he does not have his heart set on a move to Chelsea, who had an opening £22 million bid rejected last week and are yet to return with a second offer since Levy’s statement. The playmaker’s camp are keen to build bridges with Levy, Redknapp and Tottenham fans, many of whom feel let down by a player who has become idolised at the club since his £16.5m switch in 2008.

Levy’s categorical insistence that Modric will not be sold ‘at any price’ reflects the resolve to hold on to Modric that has put off Manchester United, who were ready to rival Chelsea for the Croatian’s signature but are now focussing on targets they perceive as more attainable.

Tottenham gave a clear indication that they expect Modric to stay as he featured heavily in the club’s publicity to launch next season’s strips and club sources are adamant his situation will not mirror the saga that eventually saw Dimitar Berbatov join Manchester United for £30.75m on the last day of the 2008 summer transfer window.

Spurs expect Modric to remain in north London for at least one more season, and he will be told that he can leave next summer, with the club’s blessing, should Redknapp’s side miss out on the Champions League places.

Source: Goal.com

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