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Corluka: Modric could leave

June 14, 2012
By ESPN staff

Vedran Corluka is predicting that Tottenham Hotspur could struggle to hold onto key player Luka Modric ahead of next season.

Luka Modric has expressed his desire to leave Tottenham
GettyImagesLuka Modric's Tottenham future is the subject of conjecture

• Modric to decide future after Euros

Modric, 26, was targeted by Premier League rivals Chelsea last summer, but the Blues failed to secure the playmaker's signature as Tottenham stood firm over his future.

The Croatia international's future is again the subject of conjecture this summer, with Modric stating he will consider his next step after Euro 2012 amid reported interest from Manchester United and PSG.

And Modric's Spurs and Croatia team-mate Corluka believes Tottenham, who are on the hunt for a new boss following Harry Redknapp's departure, will struggle to hold onto the midfielder after they failed to clinch Champions League football.

"We all know it will be very difficult for Spurs to keep Luka because they do not have Champions League football next season," Corluka is quoted as saying in the Sun.

"Luka is one of the best players in the world and the kind who wants to play in the best competition. Not getting into the Champions League will cost Spurs next season, even though they were unlucky to get fourth place and still not be there."