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Chelsea 'facing points fine over Luka Modric approach'

Chelsea could face a points deduction after being accused of courting Spurs star Luka Modric.

Chelsea could face a points deduction after being accused of making a public bid for Spurs midfielder Luka Modric.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly considering whether to report the club to the Premier League for continuing to pursue the 25-year-old Croatian.

Modric has five years remaining on his six-year, £45,000-a-week contract with Spurs but a move to Stamford Bridge would likely triple his salary to £130,000 a week.

In a statement today, Levy said: "I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have said previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer. We are building a team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and ­retaining quality players is crucial to that.

"In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea or any other club. We made our stance on this issue abundantly clear in ­writing to Chelsea. They chose to ignore it and subsequently made the offer public. For the avoidance of any doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any negotiations whatsoever, with any club, regarding Luka."

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said that it would be "difficult" for the club to keep hold of Modric if he wants to leave. "He's ambitious and he's probably got a chance to treble his wages," he said.

"But if we sell Luka Modric, where are we going as a football club? We have to accept we are then a middle-of-the-table team that will finish hopefully in the top half next season."

He added: "The chairman has made a statement and he can't backtrack on that. He can't come and suddenly sell him because everyone will go, 'What's the worth of listening to him?'"

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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