Star man may be staying
Andre Villas-Boas is preparing for the possibility that Luka Modric will still be a Spurs player at the start of the season.
The Croation playmaker had been widely expected to move to Real Madrid this summer and, whilst the two clubs thrash out a deal, he has been training with the reserves at Spurs.
Now though there is a real possibility he could stay for another season with Tottenham as the two clubs are miles apart in their valuations, Spurs want £40m and Real Madrid will not pay more than £28m.
If that difference cannot be resolved then he may yet be a Spurs player for another year and Villas-Boas is preparing for that.
"We have to move on, preparing the squad, thinking that the offer might arrive. If not, then we need to get him physically ready as quickly as possible," Villas-Boas was quoted as saying in The Times.
"We respect the mental state of the player and don't want to affect the running of the squad (by him joining in). That is the most important thing.
"The individual is a good professional and is going through a difficult situation, but the club can do nothing about it.
"It is the second time he has had this situation. When he is mentally ready we will build him up physically. It is very difficult to do that to play the first game."