Harry Redknapp has revealed that Arsene Wenger was interested in signing Luka Modric and has explained why he opted against the Croatia international.
Redknapp managed Modric during his time in charge of Tottenham before the midfielder moved to Real Madrid in 2012.
Modric joined Spurs from Dinamo Zagreb and quickly became one of the best central midfielders in Europe before opting to swap White Hart Lane for the Bernabeu.
Redknapp says that while Wenger was an admirer of Modric he felt he was too lightweight to play in central midfield after being converted from a wide role.
Writing his new book ‘It Shouldn’t Happen to a Manager’, via The Metro, Redknapp explained that in a game against Chelsea: “Luka Modric played off the left but I brought him inside.
“That’s even though some of my staff argued against it because they felt that he was not physically imposing enough to play in that area of the pitch.
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“Arsene Wenger was put off signing him for Arsenal for that same reason.”
“But we played him alongside Tom Huddlestone against a tough Chelsea midfield that included Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and John Obi Mikel.
“We won 2-1 and Luka still ran the game.”
While Arsenal may have missed out on Modric his arrival in Spain ultimately benefitted the Gunners, as it contributed to Mesut Ozil’s departure from Real Madrid with the World Cup winner heading to Arsenal in September 2013.