Luka Modric deserves pay rise - Harry Redknapp

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp wants chairman Daniel Levy to give Luka Modric a pay rise.

The 26-year-old Croatia international made it clear he wanted to move to Chelsea in the summer, but Spurs turned down a £40m offer from the Blues.

After Modric's goal in Sunday's 4-0 win over Liverpool, Redknapp said: "I think the chairman will discuss his contract.

"If he is worth £40million then life tells you that you have to be paid accordingly doesn't it?"

Redknapp added: "You can't say he is worth £40million and want to pay him the wages of someone who is worth £5million.

"That doesn't ring true does it? You have to look after the boy and I'm sure we will do that and his future is hopefully here.

"We have to convince him that his future is here and make it right for the boy, that's only fair as well, and I'm sure the chairman will be fair and make sure he does that."

Following repeated speculation linking him with a move to Stamford Bridge, Modric was left out of Spurs' opening game of the season, a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United.

But Redknapp said: "Luka is fine now, he's just getting on with it.

"The chairman has said he would give it six or seven weeks, sit down and have a chat with him."

Meanwhile, Redknapp said Tottenham played some of the best football of his three-year spell in charge during the demolition of Liverpool.

Modric's superb curling effort from 25 yards set Spurs on their way, with Jermain Defoe netting before Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice on his home debut.

Redknapp said: "I thought we played some fantastic football.

"We absolutely dominated. If you can't enjoy the football we played here today then there's something wrong with you.

"The first 25 minutes was football at its best. We were by far the better team. We should have been two or three goals in front in the first 25 minutes."

Redknapp also said that his signing of to improving Spurs' performances.

He continued: "I said to the chairman from day one, 'We need Scotty Parker.' He gave me the backing to get him here.

"He's a real professional. You love him in your dressing room. He's a top, top player. I think he'll be a massive player at Tottenham.

"After [the 5-1 home defeat by Manchester City], I didn't go home suicidal. I didn't have Scotty at the time. I had no choices about that team.

"Now we look stronger and more solid."

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish also had praise for Redknapp's side.

He said: "Tottenham deserve a great deal of credit. All we can do is try to improve. For us, it's been a bad day.

"We know we have to go back to the drawing board.

"We never passed it as well or quickly as we have been. Tottenham started better than us. They took the lead through a wonder goal with Modric."

Liverpool's woes were compounded with the dismissals of Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel - both for collecting two yellow cards. Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates were also booked.

When asked, Dalglish would only say: "I'd love to comment on the yellow cards but another time, another day."

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