Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has paid tribute to midfielder Luka Modric after another impressive display - against Aston Villa on Monday night.
The Croatian playmaker was the subject of strong transfer interest from Chelsea in the summer, handing in a request to leave following a £40 million offer which Chairman Daniel Levy resisted.
Modric has since knuckled down at White Hart Lane and appears back to his best in north London, with Spurs now third in the Barclays Premier League and chasing a Champions League place.
"Luka was fantastic. He was instrumental. He keeps getting on the ball and him and Scott Parker have been outstanding together in the middle of the park," said Redknapp post-match.
"And at the back I thought we looked very assured. Younes Kaboul is looking the player I always thought he could be. Tonight I thought he was magnificent, his heading was unbelievable and it was a good all-round team performance.
"I just love [Luka]. I love the way he plays football. I think he’s absolutely top class. Even with all the problems he had in the summer, he never, ever got his head down or caused a problem for anybody. He came and trained hard every day. He’s a top, top class professional and as I say a great guy."
Tottenham Hotspur fans remain concerned over the long-term future of Modric at the club, with reports recently claiming that contract talks have begun between the two parties.
Redknapp insists he doesn't get involved in such talks though, but that Spurs need to keep hold of the former Dinamo Zagreb starlet to continue moving forward.
"I don’t know where the chairman is. I don’t really get involved with that to be honest. You’ve got to keep Luka here," he added.
"You don’t get too many Luka Modric’s come along and if we’re looking to be a big club and the chairman showed that in the summer by saying he’s not going and stuck by that, so I’m sure he’ll look after him and get the contract sorted out with him."