Updated: 16/08/2012 19:37 | By pa.press.net

AVB keen to resolve Modric saga

Andre Villas-Boas is focused on Tottenham's game with Newcastle on Saturday

Andre Villas-Boas is focused on Tottenham's game with Newcastle on Saturday

Andre Villas-Boas insists the Luka Modric transfer saga will not disrupt preparations for his first match in charge of Tottenham this weekend.

Real Madrid are closing in on the signature of Modric after Villas-Boas revealed that talks with the Spanish champions regarding a deal for the playmaker are progressing well. Villas-Boas, however, played down reports that Modric is undergoing a medical in Spain.

Villas-Boas hopes the player's exit will be finalised soon to leave him to be able to concentrate on his Tottenham bow at Newcastle on Saturday. "No, this is not a distraction," Villas-Boas told a press conference. "We set out a plan for the player and we have stuck to it. The player is training individually and he doesn't disrupt our environment."

He added: "I think we will have a conclusion in the next couple of weeks. We expect him here to train. He is still a Tottenham player but from what the chairman has told me talks are ongoing, they stalled a little bit two weeks ago, but they have picked up recently."

Modric, who was fined and forced to train on his own after refusing to go on tour with Tottenham, now looks set to get his dream move after a compromise deal of just over £30million appears to be close to completion.

Villas-Boas would like the situation resolved as soon as possible so he can use the funds to buy a replacement for Modric and bulk up a squad that currently has only one recognised striker in Jermain Defoe.

"Obviously we have outlined a couple of solutions (for a Modric replacement)," Villas-Boas added. "We have made initial contact with a couple of clubs but I think before this situation is resolved we can't do anything because we already have a certain amount of players in that position."

Villas-Boas, who was sacked by Chelsea in March after just nine months in charge, insists he is not panicking about his striker shortage and is confident that youngster Harry Kane is now good enough to play in the Barclays Premier League.

"I have spoken to Jermain and his agent about the situation. The talks were positive," Villas-Boas said. "Obviously we are looking for one more striker because we need one. Jermain scored 18 goals last year. He was a key player and will continue to be. That's the expectancy I have with regards to his future."

Villas-Boas remains hopeful that Emmanuel Adebayor, who was on loan at White Hart Lane last year, could sign next week, however.

16/08/2012 17:06
The sooner he goes the better , Modric wanted out before Arry gave him a talking to,  here we are again , get rid get the cash and a Striker to complement  J Defoe .

it has all been done before Berbatov , Carrick , Sheringham , the club is bigger than people who don't want to play .

16/08/2012 17:45
Good luck to him wherever he goes.
16/08/2012 18:39
Last season he wanted to come chelsea, oh and by the way Villa Boas was the chelsea manager, now its real madrid, no doubt next season it will be barcelona....................... loyalty or money you let me know
What happened to the splendid, and extremely powerful player Tom Hudlestone , does he still play for Spurs ? Huddlestone, could be a very able replacement for Modric, Hudlestone, has a great shot and is a quick player for such a big man and he reads the game well.
16/08/2012 19:45
just may b we could get moutinho from porto if modric sold to RM, avb has worked with him b4 so u never know
16/08/2012 18:29
According to the latest report,Modric is expected to sign for Real Madrid during the next few
Huddlestone has been sidelined though injury for almost a year,but played in the friendly
match against Stevenage recently.

16/08/2012 18:13
Huddlestone i believe is currently injured, has been for a while , shame cause i think he'd certainly have challenged the likes of Parker in the midfield for both Spurs and England.
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