Tottenham first-team coach Joe Jordan lavished praise on Luka Modric after the wantaway Croatian made his first appearance at White Hart Lane since declaring that he wants to leave for Chelsea.
The playmaker has angered some supporters and chairman Daniel Levy by going public with his desire to move to Chelsea, who have had two bids for the player rejected this summer. Despite this, the 26-year-old received a rousing reception when he came on as a first-half substitute during Tottenham's 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at White Hart Lane.
Jordan is convinced that if Modric does start the season with Spurs, he will be totally committed to doing his best for the club after making a good impression from the bench this evening. He said: "He is an exceptional professional. Whatever is going on in his mind, I can honestly say that it has not affected his approach to training."
He added: "You can see that he is in good condition.
"It (his performance) was typical of the player and the person that he is. He is a great lad. He is a good pro and a nice person.
"I think the players and the public appreciate him as a football player. But in the dressing room the players appreciate him as a person and a football player."
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has stated that he wants to hold on to the player and he repeated that stance after the match, saying: "We are not going to sell our best players, the likes of Modric and (Gareth) Bale. We're looking to sell some fringe players but we have had no takers."
Redknapp has been linked with a host of players, including Emmanuel Adebayor and Lassana Diarra, but so far has only been able to bring in Brad Friedel and youngsters Cristian Ceballos and Souleymane Coulibaly.
The 64-year-old admits he is not been able to add as many players to his squad as he would have liked - a problem exacerbated by injuries to key players like Sandro, William Gallas and Ledley King.
"It's difficult. We would have liked to have got some signings before we came back," Redknapp said.
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