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Keane could leave Tottenham

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Harry Redknapp will consider allowing Robbie Keane to leave Tottenham next month but is adamant that Luka Modric will not be following him out of White Hart Lane.

Modric has been a key part of Tottenham's success since Redknapp signed the Croatian from Dynamo Zagreb in the summer of 2008.

The midfielder, who signed a new six-year contract in May after reported interest from Manchester United, is thought to be on Chelsea's radar although Blues manager Carlo Ancelotti played down suggestions he will make a move for the 25-year-old in January.

Redknapp ridiculed the suggestion that Modric will leave next month, insisting that the midfielder will have to stay at the club if he is to fulfil his aim of making Spurs a team capable of becoming Champions League regulars.

"He is such a fantastic player if we start selling such a player like that then we might as well all go home," Redknapp said.

"He is a different class and is not going anywhere. Not a chance."

Keane's future now looks certain to be away from Spurs after Redknapp admitted the Republic of Ireland hitman is growing tired of his lack of first-team football.

Keane, who was loaned to Celtic last year, has been linked with a move to West Ham, Aston Villa or Birmingham, but Redknapp denies there has been any interest in the 30-year-old yet.

Redknapp said: "Robbie would like to move and he wants to play. He is a boy who has played all his career. He is not used to not playing.

"He is still a top player and would grace most clubs. It's just that he has been unfortunate with Rafa (van der Vaart) coming in and I've been playing one up with him. I have Defoe, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko and Robbie so it's been difficult getting him in the team.

"I haven't heard anything about any offers for him though."

Another player who looks likely to leave Spurs, albeit on a temporary basis, is Jonathan Woodgate.

The former Leeds centre back returned to training this week after spending over a year on the sidelines with a long-standing groin injury.

Redknapp had feared that Woodgate would not be able to play this season after a series of operations but he revealed today that the 30-year-old is on target to return to full fitness in two weeks' time and intends to send the defender on loan to aid his recovery.

"If he comes through the next couple of weeks then it might be a good idea for him to go out on loan to play some matches and I think he fancies that," said Redknapp, who takes his team to Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

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