Harry Redknapp admits Luka Modric's 'head's not in the right place' as the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder continues to be linked with a move to Chelsea.
The Blues have already seen two bids for Modric rejected this summer and are expected to make another offer in an attempt to add the Croatian to the imminent signing of Juan Mata.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has insisted that Modric is not for sale, but Redknapp conceded last week that he could cash in on the schemer in order to strengthen his squad.
Modric has now been left out of Spurs' squad for their opening Premier League game against reigning champions Manchester United on Monday night after also missing the Europa League win over Hearts last week due to injury.
Redknapp feels the 25-year-old may have been able to play with the injury, but revealed he is not currently in the right state of mind to be involved at Old Trafford.
"He's got a little bit of an injury," said Redknapp. "There's a possibility he could have played through it.
"But at the moment his head's not in the right place."
Meanwhile, winger Gareth Bale insists that the Spurs squad cannot dwell on Modric's departure should he leave White Hart Lane.
"Luka is a fantastic player," Bale said. "I'm not sure what the situation is with him but I think if he is here then he's great for the team but if he's not then we have to get on without him."
Spurs were without several midfielders for the 5-0 thrashing of Hearts and Bale was impressed by how the understudies filled in.
"Luka and JJ (Jenas) didn't play so it gives confidence to the whole squad that we can play like that," added the Welshman.
"These players that came in are international players and they showed that they are all class. It shows what kind of squad we have got."