Chelsea Test Spurs' Ressistance With New Bid

Chelsea have tabled an improved £27million offer for Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Luka Modric. But White Hart Lane chiefs still insist the bid - comprising a £25m downpayment and a performance-related £2m, would be rejected and the club have no intention of selling the Croat. New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has already had a £22m bid turned down for the 25-year-old. Modric is eager to move to Stamford Bridge and launched a scathing attack on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy at the weekend for blocking his dream switch.

Owner Roman Abramovich made another bid for Modric after Chelsea learned that midfielder Michael Essien would miss the next six months with a knee injury. But Tottenham, already angered by Modric’s verbal attack on Levy, are as determined as ever to resist their advances. Manager Harry Redknapp said, "Our stance is the same, we don’t want to lose him. But I understand it’s a difficult situation for him. It’s not easy. When clubs come along and offer to double or treble your wages it makes it hard for him."

Despite Modric’s outburst, Redknapp confirmed the player trained with the rest of the team but sat out a run through Epping Forest due to concerns over an ankle injury from last season. Tottenham are keen to draw a line under the saga, but their resolve to hang on to Modric is sure to be tested again given Chelsea’s determination to sign him. The midfielder remains determined to quit White Hart Lane this summer, despite Tottenham’s unwillingness to give in to his wishes. But handing in a transfer request was a last resort. Essien’s injury has added to Chelsea’s urgency to sign Modric.

The Ghana powerhouse was taken to hospital on Thursday after breaking down in training and has been undergoing a series of tests trying to establish the extent of the injury. He had surgery yesterday to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus and is set to miss the rest of 2011. Villas-Boas said, "Everyone at Chelsea wishes Michael well. His team-mates and all the staff look forward to helping him return as soon as possible."

Tottenham meanwhile completed the signing of Barcelona’s 18-year-old midfielder Christian Ceballos, who trained with the club at the end of last season.

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