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Luka Modric apologises for going AWOL but is unlikely to join Tottenham’s tour, says Andre Villas-Boas

Published: July 25, 2012 | 8:14 am
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Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Luka Modric has apologised for going absent without leave but made it clear the rebel Croatian will almost certainly not be joining Tottenham for the rest of their American tour.

Modric refused to cross the Atlantic, missing last night’s 1 – 1 draw with LA Galaxy, but has since returned to training at Spurs Lodge, still awaiting a move to Real Madrid.
But he has said sorry for his actions, and White Hart Lane’s new manager said : “He is, of course, an extremely good player, he’s helped Tottenham to reach success in the last couple of years.
“The fact that its been difficult for us to deal with clubs is because of Luka’s dimension as a player and what he does for any team. Any coach would like to count on that dimension.
“He is still our player at the moment and at the moment I’m counting on him.
“He is in London, we decided for him to stay in London but I don’t think he will come out here.

“We have a game against Liverpool and it is going to be played in tremendous heat. We only have three days for training for the game then eventually we have the last game with New York Red Bulls so it doesn’t give a lot of time for him to train.
“At the level the others are at at the moment I don’t think it would be sensible to bring Luka back but the decision can still be taken.”
An apology, however, has been proferred, AVB adding : “He has spoken to me and to the chairman.
“I think his apology comes and it is welcome. The player is now training and just hopefully will make the right decision in the future.
“We’re just waiting on the bidding clubs to offer the right value for the player.”
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s assistant coach Aitor Karanka has given the clearest indication yet that the Spanish giants want to replace Kaka with Modric this summer.
Manchester United and Paris St Germain have both been linked with the Croatia playmaker, with Tottenham believed to be holding out for a £40m fee.
But Real appear his likeliest destination, a move which would allow Brazil international Kaka to end a largely ineffective spell at the Bernabeu.
Big-spending PSG have also been mooted as the 30 year-old’s next stop and he did not travel with Real for last night’s friendly away to Real Oviedo, which they won 5-1.
Karanka told AS: “We decided he would stay in Madrid. Kaka and the club are working to find a good solution for all parties.”
Asked about Modric, he added: “Which club would not want a player like him?
“He is an outstanding footballer and had a great tournament (Euro 2012). It is clear that he would fit in Madrid.”


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