Friedel - We'll replace Modric

Keeper insists Tottenham cannot be dismissed as a selling club

Luka Modric: Will only be leaving if Tottenham have a ready-made replacement, believes Brad Friedel

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Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel believes the club will only allow Luka Modric to leave if they have a quality replacement lined up.

Modric has been heavily linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer after Spurs missed out on a UEFA Champions League spot for the second successive season.

The 26-year-old midfielder has been tipped to join Real Madrid but veteran keeper Friedel does not see this as an indication that the North London side have become a 'selling club'.

He insists the Croatia international's exit would go hand-in-hand with chairman Daniel Levy bringing players to the club.

Friedel told talkSPORT: "Knowing the way the chairman works, if someone like Luka Modric left the club, then they would have a ready-made replacement.

"I can't see with the ambition that the club has that they can let players leave without having a replacement. We're not a selling club - that's for sure."

One player who could be staying at White Hart Lane is Emmanuel Adebayor, with the club looking to secure a permanent deal after the striker's successful loan spell from Manchester City.

Friedel added: "If we can do a deal for him and he can score another 20 goals, it would be a huge bonus for us.

"We are a little light in the strikers department at the moment, and that is an area they will be looking to bring people in - hopefully they can get that deal done for Manu."