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Redknapp keen to keep hold of Modric

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists Luka Modric would be worth every penny if he was offered a new contract at White Hart Lane.

Modric, 23, is already on a long-term deal after arriving from Dinamo Zagreb last year, and has reacted to wild speculation about a move to Manchester United by suggesting he is happy at Spurs and would be willing to sign fresh terms.

"If I was the chairman I would certainly be looking to tie him up as soon as we can because he is an amazing footballer," Redknapp said.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson told Redknapp he is an admirer of the Croatia international after the playmaker's successful first year in England.

Modric told Sportske Novosti: "I feel great at Tottenham and I have given no thought to moving to a different club. My contract runs until 2013 and I am just thinking about staying.

"I wouldn't be surprised if Tottenham offer me a new contract as that is something which happens in England. But, even if that doesn't happen, my feelings will not change.

"I am happy at White Hart Lane and I will continue to give my all for Tottenham, as I always have."

Modric is set to be rested for the Carling Cup clash against Doncaster, with fringe players in the frame for a run out. Peter Crouch is expected to make his first start for Spurs, with Redknapp tipping his £9million signing to make an impact this season and earn a place in England's World Cup squad.

"I want to see them all achieve what they want to achieve," Redknapp said. "I want to see Peter at the World Cup, I want to see Jermain (Defoe) at the World Cup, I want to see Tom Huddlestone break into the England team and Jermaine Jenas push into the team.

"I'd love to see Ledley (King) go to the World Cup. I think he is another who could go - he's that good. It's a nightmare (with his knee injury) - if he played next time for England he wouldn't make the Man United game on the Saturday."

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Tottenham Hotspur
Tom Huddlestone
Doncaster Rovers
Football
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Alex
Manchester United
Jermaine Jenas
Luka Modric

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