Teams that are on the way up in the Premier League (or any league for that matter) often make grand proclamations about 'having arrived' a long time before they actually do. After their rollercoaster ride in Europe's top competition last year, Spurs count themselves as one of the biggest clubs these days, but a quick glance at the gossip columns tells a different story. Luka Modric was plucked from relative obscurity by Spurs several years ago, after an indifferent start, he broke his leg just as he was coming into form. Spurs, obviously, stood by him and when he recovered he produced some top class performances that grabbed attention around the league. In the wake of the retirement of Paul Scholes, United were obviously interested in bringing in a creative midfielder and Modric fitted the bill. Although their bid was turned down, it was evident that the interest of United had turned the player's head, and rumours began to come out that he would soon request a transfer. United and Spurs have history as far as high profile transfers are confirmed. The Manchester club shelled out nearly £20m for Michael Carrick, who at that time was the heartbeat of the Spurs midfield, and then pulled off a last minute coup to secure Berbatov for nearly £30m just a few seasons later. In both cases the players wanted to leave, Spurs at that time were not the force they are now, and the opportunity to step up to Manchester United was too good to turn down. Regardless of their progress, Spurs are still in the same bracket (as most of the league is) looking up to United, and hoping that the bigger clubs don't come in for any of their players. If Modric thought that Spurs had a genuine shot at the title or the Champions League next year, would he want to leave? Probably not, unfortunately, he clearly doesn't, and if one of their best player's doesn't rate Spurs' chances, what will the others be thinking? That said, it's not all a one way road into Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo clamoured to get out of Manchester, having been attracted by the bright lights of Madrid, does this mean that Madrid are the bigger club? Hard to say, they are probably are in the minds of most neutrals, and they were certainly willing to pay an enormous sum to both the player and the club to make the deal happen. And that, ultimately is the point. Fans expect players to love their clubs as much as they do, but as Torres pointed out when he ditched Liverpool for Chelsea, players have other considerations. Players, at the end of the day, think of football as neutrals, they tend to gravitate towards the bigger clubs, although as Manchester City demonstrated before they got Champions League football, players also gravitate towards bigger pay packets. So does loyalty exist in football? Yes, if you're one of the big clubs, Giggs, Scholes and Neville are (were) all fantastic servants to United, but if they started their careers at other clubs, does anyone think they'd have stayed there? No, they'd have been snapped up by bigger clubs. Loyalty does exist in football, but only for the big clubs, if not, it's money, not loyalty, that drives the game. If you want to follow the progress of Manchester United this season in the post-Scholes era, you'll need to get a subscription to MUTV, just ask Sky for an add-on to your existing package or visit the club's website for more details.