Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is confident Luka Modric will remain an influential figure for the club despite recent transfer speculation.

The Croatian international has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester United both thought to be keen on the playmaker.

However, chairman Daniel Levy has told Modric he will not be allowed to join a Barclays Premier League rival this summer, and Redknapp is hoping a couple of signings will go some way to showing the player the club's long term aspirations.

"We had a chat. It's difficult. We are looking to improve and we need to. It's no good people talking about Champions League football if we don't improve the team, we know that. He's as keen as anybody to do that, but it's not easy," said the Spurs boss in reference to his own conversation with Levy.

"We know what we need and it won't be for the lack of effort. Daniel always does it, in the end we always spend money here and improve the team and he will do it again this year."


 

It was the Modric situation which dominated questions when the former Portsmouth boss spoke to Sky Sports News though, and Redknapp is convinced the former Dinamo Zagreb star will remain committed to the cause in north London.

"He's OK. He's a great lad, a fantastic boy and a great player. I love him as a fella and everything. We will see what happens. He's always been committed to Tottenham. He loves playing here and he's a great player for us," Redknapp continued.

"It's a difficult situation for him and I understand where he's coming from. We can't kid ourselves, if someone is going to double or treble your wages, it's difficult.

"We don't want to sell our best players. We are looking to build a team not tear a team to pieces. He's a massive part of that, we need him here, he's a special player for us."

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