Luka Modric apologises for skipping preseason tour

Updated: Jul 25, 2012, 13:24 PM IST

Carson: Luka Modric has apologized to Tottenham for skipping a US preseason tour and is back in training in London. Andre Villas-Boas welcomed the decision even if he doesn`t expect the Croatian midfielder to remain with his club.

"He has spoken to me and the chairman. His apology comes and it`s well welcomed," Villas-Boas said after a preseason friendly that finished 1-1 with the LA Galaxy. "He`s now training and we hopefully make the right decision in the future. We`re just waiting on the bidding clubs to offer the right value for a player of big dimension."

AVB declined to name Tottenham`s asking price ("I`m not the chairman"), but reports in England suggest it pushes the 40 million pound mark.

"[Modric is] of course an extremely good player that has helped Tottenham reach success in the last couple of years," the Portuguese coach said. "I think the fact that it`s been difficult for us to deal with clubs is because of Luka`s dimension as a player and what he did for the team. He`s an extremely good player. Any coach would like to count on a player of that dimension."

As it stands Modric will remain in England to train. Villas-Boas felt that the compressed travel and "tremendous heat" of the remainder of the US trip wouldn`t necessarily help bring the 26-year-old`s fitness up to par.

"We decided for him to stay in London. That`s something that I have to judge," the former Chelsea boss said. "I think it would be unsensible to bring Luka back, but still a decision can be taken."

The 34-year-old manager seems resigned to losing the midfield schemer. Should that come to pass it would hinder Villas-Boas` efforts in his first season with the north London club, says former Hotspur striker Robbie Keane.

"When you`re this far across the water it`s very difficult to keep track of what things are going on," Keane said of Modric`s situation. "Listen, if you lose him he`s obviously a top, top player. It`d be a shame for Tottenham to lose a top player like him."