Luka Modric will be fined by Tottenham after refusing to train and his absence from their pre-season tour.
Whether you bet on politics or sport, you will know that this is perhaps a combination of both. The Croatian midfielder has expressed his desire to leave White Hart Lane for Real Madrid and did not turn up for training or travel on the tour of America.
This has led new manager Andre Villas Boas to take action on Modric.
Spurs are asking for a figure around the £40 million mark from the Spanish side which could mean the deal hits a bit of a stumbling block as their best offer so far has been £27 million.
Modric wanted to leave the club last year for Chelsea but Chairman Daniel Levy refused to let him leave to their London rivals.
Ironically, it was Andre Villas Boas who was trying to sign him for the Blues. Now though, the Portuguese manager has slammed the want away playmaker.
He said: “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.”
This could be a decision that Modric lives to regret, it is possible that his attitude may have put team’s interested off.
If he was playing in pre-season for Tottenham, pulling the strings and putting in good performances, his stock would only get higher. Instead, he will be a week or so off the pace from everyone else.
Villas Boas does recognise what talent he does have though, admitting that Spurs will miss him should he go: “He’s good, very good. I tried to sign him last summer for Chelsea. He will be a big loss.
“He’s a player who can make the difference, who gives a lot of clarity to the play when the team needs it and who can play in several positions.” He said
With four years on his contract though, the ball is still in London side’s court and if they don’t want to sell the 26-year-old, they don’t have too.
Maybe it is now time to cash in on Modric though and bring new personal to the club. It will be a chance for Villas Boas to build his own squad and the last thing you want as a new manager is players who don’t want to be there.
Should Real find him asking price too much, then big spenders Paris Saint-Germain may come in for the midfielder. PSG certainly have the spending power to secure his services and will offer an extremely attractive contact.