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Modric professes Spurs loyalty following United link

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Luka Modric claims he has not entertained the prospect of joining Manchester United despite reports linking him with a move to the Premier League champions.

Modric, 23, enjoyed a promising debut season in the English top flight following a £16.6m move from Dynamo Zagreb last summer and it has been reported that Sir Alex Ferguson is considering an offer of £10m plus former Spurs midfielder Michael Carrick as he looks to land the Croatia star.

However, with Spurs winning their opening three games of the season under Harry Redknapp, Modric has moved to end the speculation regarding a potential move to Old Trafford and insists he is very much settled in North London.

"I don't know anything about the Manchester United link," Modric told Croatian publication Sportske Novosti. "I read about it in the newspapers, and one paper even published quotes from me saying I was happy to be on Sir Alex Ferguson's radar.

"But the truth is that I didn't say anything to anybody about this. They were not my words. I feel great at Tottenham and I have given no thought to moving to a different club. My contract runs until 2013 and I am just thinking about staying.

"I wouldn't be surprised if Tottenham offer me a new contract as that is something which happens in England. But, even if that doesn't happen, my feelings will not change. I am happy at White Hart Lane and I will continue to give my all for Tottenham, as I always have."

Meanwhile, Roman Pavlyuchenko is set to feature in Tottenham's Carling Cup clash at Doncaster but has suggested he may need to move to keep his place in Russia's World Cup squad.

The 27-year-old, who arrived at White Hart Lane a year ago for £13.8m, scored 14 goals in his rookie season in the Premier League but is behind Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane in Harry Redknapp's pecking order, with Peter Crouch's arrival intensifying competition.

So far this season Pavlyuchenko's only involvement has come in a minute-long appearance off the bench against Liverpool.

''No footballer likes being on the bench game after game,'' Pavlyuchenko told Sport Express in Russia. ''I could lose my place in the Russia squad ahead of the 2010 World Cup. I'm ready now to listen to offers from other clubs.''

Italian side Roma have monitored Pavlyuchenko and there is thought to be interest in Germany and from his former club Spartak Moscow.

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