Harry Redknapp says he fully understands why Luka Modric wanted to leave Tottenham for Chelsea during the summer.
Spurs rebuffed at least three bids from their London rivals for the Croatian playmaker, with chairman Daniel Levy holding firm despite a final offer of around £40 million.
Modric, though, stated his wish to join Chelsea in order to achieve his ambition of playing Champions League football on a regular basis.
However, Spurs told the 26-year-old he would not be moving to Stamford Bridge and, after initial dismay, he filed back into the White Hart Lane ranks.
Redknapp, though, realises the reasons behind Modric's hopes to play for Chelsea, and has praised the midfielder for his professional attitude.
"Nobody can tell me that any player’s head wouldn’t be turned by the offer of Champions League football at Chelsea and a salary of £130,000 a week," said the Spurs boss.
“I can’t blame Luka for considering it, he’s only human.
“But Tottenham are lucky with him. I know some players who would never have played for the club again and would have gone and smashed the chairman’s door down and demanded a move.
“Not Luka. If he was disappointed I have seen none of it.
“There’s not one day when he’s sulked. I love him as a player and to have lost him would have been a massive blow to the club."