Tottenham Hotspur defender Vedran Corluka insists compatriot Luka Modric is staying with the club.

The diminutive playmaker has been linked with a host of teams across Europe, with Manchester United thought to be one of those keen on signing the 25-year-old.

However, Corluka has claimed his friend has not spoken about an exit from north London, and is confident he will be plying his trade at White Hart Lane come August.

"I'm good friends with Luka [Modric] and I don't see any desire there that he wants to leave the club. When I have spoken with him, he has never said that he wants to leave Spurs," said the defender.

"He knows he is an important player here, everyone likes him and I think he wants to achieve good things."


Corluka told Sky Sports yesterday that he expects additions to be made if Tottenham are to compete with the newly formed 'big four' next term, and believes Modric has the same ideas with regards to his long-term vision for Harry Redknapp's side.

"But, of course, he will expect maybe a couple more signings to be added to this team," the Spurs defender continued.

"I have known him since he was 14, and even then you could see he was a quality player but now he's showing it in one of the toughest leagues and you see that he is probably one of the best in his position."

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