Tottenham midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart has revealed that team mate Luka Modric looked ‘a little bit disappointed’ when the team reported back for training on Thursday.
The 25-year-old held showdown talks with chairman Daniel Levy yesterday where Levy insisted that Croatian would not be sold at any price this summer.
The Dutchman refused to reveal his team-mates stance on the saga after Modric revealed he wanted to leave White Hart Lane this summer with Chelsea his preferred destination.
However, Van der Vaart also revealed that Modric was happy to see his the players upon his arrival at training today.
“He was happy to see us,” Van der Vaart told Sky Sports News.
“Maybe (he was) a little bit disappointed but I can understand him.
“It’s not easy when a club wants to buy you.
“But I think he’s happy here and he also told me that he likes to play with us again and train with us.
“So we’re happy that he’s staying.”
When asked whether Modric had his heart set on a move to West London, Van der Vaart added “I don’t know. That’s not what he told me.
“He loves to stay here and he loves to stay in London.
“Also, I think next season we have a good chance to win against Chelsea.”
Levy and manager Harry Redknapp have continuously stressed the importance of keeping key players and Van der Vaart echoed the duo’s sentiments.
“It is great to keep the players and (Modric) is fantastic.
“We want to be in the top four again and maybe more this year. So we have to keep good players.
“We had a great season last year and this one is new again. I think it’s going to be harder, but we’ve all stayed and we’re going to play a great season,” he concluded.