Spurs assistant boss Kevin Bond says Luka Modric's reported transfer request will not make any difference to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
Less than 24 hours after the Croatia playmaker is understood to have told the club he wanted to leave, the 25-year-old was left out of Tottenham's pre-season defeat against Kaizer Chiefs because of an ankle injury.
Levy has said from the beginning that the influential midfielder would not be going anywhere and has already rejected two bids from Chelsea, reported to be in the region of £22million and £27million.
Following the friendly in South Africa, Bond said it was a matter that Modric and Levy needed to sort out between them, preferably before the new Premier League campaign starts.
"If he's handed in a transfer request, he's handed in a transfer request," said Bond.
"The chairman will do what he wants to do with that but his line so far has been pretty clear - he won't allow Luka to leave the club.
"He wants to keep all our best players so I'm not sure that makes any difference to our situation at the moment.
"It's a situation that Luka Modric needs to clear up with the chairman and we need the season to get under way with everybody pulling in the same direction, all of the players, everybody pulling in the same direction.
"Hopefully by the time the season gets under way and this situation gets sorted out, that's exactly what will happen."