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Luka Modric is back training with Tottenham

Croatia v Spain - Group C: UEFA EURO 2012

GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Luka Modric of Croatia waves to the fans after the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

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Luka Modric must have been listening to Daniel Levy’s violin, which is good news for those of us who’d like to avoid a repeat of the Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov sagas. We’re not beyond that, yet, but with a newly-fined Modric back in training with Tottenham, we’re closer to a sane, mundane transfer.

Recall that Modric went Operation Shutdown last week, apparently to send the club a message: Let me go, because I’m done playing for you. He’s back, showing up to Spurs headquarters in London this morning, but not before the team took off for the United States. Either Modric doesn’t like money coming out of his pocket or felt his message had been sent. His return has the convenient benefit of keep him apart from most of the team:

“The club can confirm Luka Modric has returned to training today (Monday) at Spurs Lodge. The coaching staff will now determine the remainder of his pre-season preparation.”

That quote’s from a Press Association report posted at The Independent, a story that gives us a few more details on the landscape. Real Madrid is in (we knew that), but so are Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, though none of the clubs want to hit Spurs’ asking price. That price is thought to be closer to $62 million than the $50-million offered by Real Madrid.

Andre Villas-Boas claims Spurs are ready to move on, but the ball is in those other teams’ courts. His thoughts:

“The situation is not dependent on Tottenham, it is dependent on the clubs who are interested in the player.
“We have to hold on to our values and our rights and at the moment, the situation for Luka is that he is under club discipline.”