Worry about your own team, Luka! AVB blasts Modric as former Spurs favourite urges Bale to join him at Real Madrid
11:55 GMT, 30 November 2012
Andre-Villas-Boas has told Luka Modric to mind his own business and to worry about his own team.
Modric has told former Tottenham team-mate Gareth Bale to leave the club and join him at Real Madrid.
But Villas-Boas responded by telling him to concentrate on Real Madrid, who have their worst points tally at this stage in the season since 2005.
Time's up: Bale has been urged to leave the north London club by Modric
He said: 'Modric has to worry about his own team. He has to worry about the next round of the Champions League when the draw comes. He has to worry about Madrid. I think he should focus on his club rather than ours.
'The club has to protect our assets regarding our objectives. We have to qualify for the Champions League, as Luka says. For that to happen we need the players who make a difference. We're not looking to sell we're looking first to obtain our objectives and that's the most important thing.'
The Spurs boss admitted earlier in the week that he faces a fight to keep hold of the Welsh winger.
But he does not expect him to be going anywhere in the January transfer window. The 35-year-old added: 'It's extremely difficult if not impossible [for the transfer to happen]. Modric is aware of Gareth's performances because of his love for Tottenham and his connections here. [But] it's completely impossible.'
Moving on: Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer
Bale continues to attract interest with his performances on the pitch and has netted 10 times in only 23 appearances in all competitions this season.
He scored the winner in Tottenham's 2-1 victory against Liverpool on Wednesday, his third goal in four matches.
But Villas-Boas has absolutely no intention of letting him go in January and sees him as crucial to Spurs' attempts to qualify for the Champions League.
He called the next three matches important in the club's pursuit of a top four place.
They face Fulham tomorrow at Craven Cottage and in the league away to Everton and at home to Swansea.