What if Modrić went to Chelsea?
March 20, 2012
Chelsea wanted it. Luka Modrić wanted it. But Tottenham would not sell their little Croatian magician. Everything is ‘hunky dory’ at White Hart Lane at the moment, with Spurs on track to make their second Champions League appearance in three years and a possible FA Cup to cap off their campaign, however there was a time in August 2011 when Modrić and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy did not see eye to eye. Modrić claims Levy promised him in a gentleman’s agreement that if a club came calling with big pockets, Levy would cash in on his midfield maestro. But when Chelsea came knocking for Modrić, no deal was made.
Where would the two clubs be if the switch was made? Could Modrić have saved Andre Villas-Boas’ job at the sinking ship that is Chelsea this season? Would Tottenham be in line for another Champions League berth? As it stands right now, Tottenham and Arsenal would round out England’s top-four with Chelsea looking in from the outside. However, with 10 games left in the campaign, all is still to play for as Chelsea sit only three points behind Arsenal and four behind Tottenham.
Was Modrić the wild card that kept these clubs’ Champions League fates in hand?
Modrić in hypothetical Chelsea blue
Modrić may not compile many goals and assists throughout the season, but he is clearly the man, behind the man, behind the man in any offense he dictates. He runs the entire midfield of Croatia and Tottenham, spraying balls all over the field and creates solid scoring opportunities out of thin air. The man is invaluable and it will be interesting to see where Modrić plays after Euro 2012. Harry Redknapp may take the England coaching job and Gareth Bale may be out the door as bigger opportunities await. Should Tottenham have a fire sale this summer, Modrić is sure to go.
Chelsea and Manchester United have been knocking on the door for the services of the 26 year-old, but we can only imagine what other offers there will be. Could Modrić be brought into a less physically demanding Spanish league to play for Barcelona, replacing an aging 32 year-old Xavi in midfield?
Where does Luka Modrić belong next season? Will he finish what he started in North London?
Modrić at his best