Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has admitted how Arsene Wenger was interested in signing Luka Modric and revealed why he opted against the move.
The veteran coach claimed that Arsenal were heavily linked with the midfielder, but the Gunners boss felt that the Croatia international was too lightweight to play in centre midfield.
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Modric moved to White Hart Lane in 2008 after completing a £16.5million move from Dinamo Zagreb. The 31-year-old spent four seasons in North London before moving to Real Madrid in 2012 for a fee of around £30million.
Despite Juande Ramos being in charge when the deep-lying playmaker moved to Spurs, Redknapp was the one who oversaw most of 159 appearances with the club.
Speaking in his new book, the 69-year-old admitted how Modric adapted to a more central role in London.
“Luka Modric played off the left but I brought him inside,” a quote from Redknapp’s book says, as published in Metro.
“That’s even though some of my staff argued against it because they felt that he was not physically imposing enough to play in that area of the pitch.
“Arsene Wenger was put off signing him for Arsenal for that same reason.
“But we played him alongside Tom Huddlestone against a tough Chelsea midfield that included Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and John Obi Mikel. We won 2-1 and Luka still ran the game.”
Modric has gone on to become one of the best central midfielders in the world game at Madrid.