Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes chairman Daniel Levy needs to have face-to-face discussions with wantaway Luka Modric before the player will focus back on his football again.
Redknapp wants clear-the-air talks with Modric
Modric missed the 3-0 defeat at Manchester United after informing Redknapp he was not in the right frame of mind to play at Old Trafford.
It has been claimed the Croatian star has effectively gone on strike in order to force through a move to Chelsea. Redknapp would prefer to believe Modric has just got ''confused'' faced with the opportunity to treble his wages.
However, after being told by Levy at a summer meeting he would not be sold under any circumstances, Redknapp believes clear-the-air talks are required, with a new contract to follow.
''The chairman has to sit down and have a chat with him,'' he said. ''They probably fell out a little bit over that first meeting.
''If they can have a meeting and resolve the whole situation and Daniel tells him we need him, he is important and that we are ambitious and will bring one or two players in, you might find the boy will be okay.
''The chairman has also said he will look at his contract in a month or two. He told me he would do that.''
If Modric is not allowed to go, Redknapp knows he may have some reassurance of his own to deliver. However, the Spurs chief is confident he can pick the player up once the August 31 deadline has passed.
''If anyone can pick him up, I can,'' said Redknapp. ''I have a great relationship with him. People have to understand it is not an easy situation.
''If someone offered to treble anyone's wages, they would find it difficult, wherever they worked. That is the situation the boy is in. If someone offers £150,000 a week rather than £50,000, you are going to have your head turned.
''Some players can handle it. I know players who have caused havoc in the dressing room in order to get a move. I have seen it so many times. But he wouldn't cause anyone a problem. Let's be truthful. He wanted to go, but he has just got confused with it all.''
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