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Niko Kranjcar insists he will not leave Tottenham this month and claims he is not worried about losing his place in Croatia's Euro 2012 squad despite his lack of game time this season.

Kranjcar, 27, made just his 10th appearance of the season as Tottenham's second-string beat League Two side Cheltenham 3-0 to secure their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The midfielder is very unlikely to retain his place in the starting line-up on Wednesday, however, with manager Harry Redknapp certain to recall Croatia team-mate Luka Modric in his place for the crucial league game against Everton.

Regular football would boost his chances of guaranteeing his place in Croatia's Euro 2012 squad, but head coach Slaven Bilic has stuck by the former Portsmouth man even though he has been a bit-part player at Spurs over the last two seasons, and Kranjcar sees no reason why that policy would change over the next six months.

''I still believe my future is here,'' Kranjcar said. ''I know the next few months I want to stay, get in shape and hopefully have a good Euro 2012. The club have been great with me since I came. If I don't play here I still hope to be in good shape for the Euros.

''I would hope to prove myself in the friendlies before the tournament. That's why I'm staying. I hope to prove that I deserve my place in the national team. The manager (Bilic) has stuck by me all the way through.''

Modric's excellent form has played a huge part in catapulting Spurs to third in the Premier League after a poor start which coincided with the midfielder's very public plea to move to Chelsea.

The Blues' attempts to buy the midfielder left him unsettled, but Kranjcar insists that is all in the past now and is adamant a move to Stamford Bridge could not be further from Modric's mind at present.

''Luka has been fantastic,'' Kranjcar said of his compatriot. ''You can see that on the pitch and he wouldn't be if he was not happy.

''Chelsea? I think that was a long time ago. I think the season kicked on from there and he's been unbelievable.''

Kranjcar, who has missed two months of this season with a thigh injury, has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in the transfer window, with Everton, Sunderland and Lazio all reportedly keen to secure the midfielder's signature.


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