You risk upsetting good players when you place at the back of their mind that s club is standing in their way, this is exactly what is happening with the Modric saga. If you made an agreement with a player then suddenly go back on your word then you are sending a message to other players: BEWARE OF SPURS.
The only way to salvage that reputation is to let Modric go and make an apology to other players who are now scared to come to Spurs. It's one thing to sign a contract and another to sign a slavery bond.
Footballers are not slaves and if my club treated a player like spurs are doing with Modric I would be the first to say we are wrong. You can't hold a player against is will in this modern age, especially when the rest of the world is looking. The FA has not said anything openly about this, maybe I am naive about football rules, but it still doesn't make sense to me how a player can say he wants to go, yet the club says he can't.
The boy is ill because his future is in doubt. Harry has seen what is happening, and thanks to him being reasonable and understanding he has come out to admitted the truth that he shouldn't be stopped. You can lead a horse to the water but you can't force it to drink - as the wise saying goes.
Players should be in dread of what is happening to Modric. You just can't imagine that such a thing can occur in the modern game, I understand that he is a great help to the team, but that is not the way to appreciate a player who has represented your club and done a good job for you.
Great players have left great teams. Is it fair enough to name your price and make it high to scare off others, but to say that even if he puts in a transfer request he wont be allowed to leave is absolutely ridiculous. To say it is because of the money is just being insulting, Modric plays not just for money but for the love of the English game, had it been the former he would have gone to Russia or France where money is being thrown around.
Every team would love Modric to play for them, but he and every other player should play where they want to. Modric wants Chelsea, which is good for us, but if it was Manchester United he wanted I wouldn't think otherwise!!! Other teams have signed good players and we are not afraid of the challenge.
Spurs still has ten days to come clean, Chelsea are making it easier as they have a high valuation of the player - which is right. It has even been mouthed that we are willing to give Benayoun as part of the deal, which I think is wrong. But if it oils the deal then no problem, so long as Benayoun wants to go to Spurs.
If he goes we will miss him, but one player to go would fair enough especially if it means Spurs make the deal.
If Spurs are allowed to stop Luka moving, then other teams in the league will follow and good players will have a reason not to come and play in England - I may just be naive, but I am worried about the future ...
By Stan Blue