Villas-Boas criticises Modric, slams £80,000 fine on the Croatian

by ‘Ifreke Inyang

New Tottenham Hotspurs coach, Andre Villas-Boas, has condemned Luka Modric’s behaviour, and will fine the Croatian, who has refused to turn up for training, £80,000.

The midfielder is angling for a move to Real Madrid – a repeat of last summer, when he unsuccessfully tried to engineer a move to Chelsea. According to reports, the 26-year-old has refused to travel with his Spurs’ team mates to the US, an action that has angered the new manager.

“I think Modric is wrong. This will go against him. He has worsened the situation with what he’s doing and now the chairman (Daniel Levy) is very angry,” Villas-Boas told AS. “This is also not a good time for Daniel Levy, who is in the USA at the moment, because his wife is ill.”

The Portuguese, however admits that if eventually he leaves the club, Modric will be missed greatly.

“He’s good, very good. I tried to sign him last summer for Chelsea. He will be a big loss,” he said.

“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.”

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