By Matthew Dunn
LUKA MODRIC will play his first game of football since the Euros tonight with Croatia head coach Igor Stimac confident he will end his Tottenham turmoil by securing a move to Real Madrid.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has refused to pick Modric, 26, after he chose not to travel on the club’s pre-season tour to the USA.
For the second summer in a row, there has been speculation linking Modric with a move away, but chairman Daniel Levy is adamant he is staying until Spurs’ £40million valuation is met.
But ahead of Croatia’s international against Switzerland in Split, Stimac said: “I don’t like the situation that Modric is in at all.
“He has not played any games this summer but will end up signing for Madrid before the market shuts.”
New signing Gylfi Sigurdsson is a natural replacement, but the area where Villas-Boas is short is up front, with Jermain Defoe and Harry Kane his only recognised strikers.
Emmanuel Adebayor could still make a permanent move from Manchester City after a season on loan and Spurs are understood to have made a £12.6m offer for Gaston Ramirez of Bologna.
“The only solid offer is the one from Spurs,” said Ramirez’s agent Pablo Betancourt. “But the deal didn’t go through because Spurs offered too low a wage and, as the difference is minimal, he would stay at Bologna.
“Tottenham could raise their offer if they sell Modric and then the deal could be done.”