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Jun 7, 2011

Redknapp: Stars staying put

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has again insisted he will not allow any of the club's top players to leave this summer - and claims Luke Modric is worth far more than £20 million.

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The club's failure to book a second successive season in the Champions League had led to speculation that some of the bigger clubs in Europe could cherry pick their stars. But Redknapp says that will not happen.

Instead Redknapp plans to strengthen the team to break back into the top four, with the task likely to become even harder next season with Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish expected to spend big.

"We are not selling Luka, we are not selling Gareth and we are not selling Sandro," he told Sky Sports News. "We are looking to build a team at Tottenham, not dismantle one.

"If we're going to push on as a football club we need to keep them players and we need to add one or two other top players to them if we're looking to have a chance of ever getting back in the Champions League again.

"It's been busy - I've been busy doing nothing really, we haven't got anywhere.

"There's been lots of phone calls, lots of talk in the newspapers but we're really at the moment not close to making any signings and certainly not looking to sell any of our better players.

"So we're not looking to sell them players - that would be a massive backward step for the club. £20 million for Luka? They've got to be dreaming, he's such a fantastic player.

"You know, we've enquired about players and we're getting quoted more than that for people that couldn't lace his boots so it's not a goer. I wouldn't put a value on him, I wouldn't want to sell him. He's one of those boys every day you come into work for me, and that's what it's about now.

"I come in and I see him and he's just a great guy, he trains, gets on with the job, never complains, he loves his football. He's the most low maintenance, easy to handle professional you've ever seen and he's a fantastic player so he's the last player you ever want to see leave your football club - he's irreplaceable."

Modric's advisor also appears to have ruled out a move, with Manchester United one of his suitors. Croatian paper Jutarnji List quotes Mario Mamic as saying: ''Luka will not go to Manchester United and he will also stay at Tottenham because I know that chairman Daniel Levy will not let him go."

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