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By ESPN Staff
May 21, 2011

Modric plans to stay with Spurs

Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has no plans to leave White Hart Lane but admits it will be difficult watching the Champions League on television next season.

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The 25-year-old, who joined the club from Dinamo Zagreb after Euro 2008, has enjoyed an outstanding season for Harry Redknapp's side - both in the Premier League and in their run to the Champions League quarter-finals.

With Spurs having missed out on a top-four finish this season, Modric's future will doubtless come under the spotlight this summer despite the fact he is under contract until 2016, but the Croatia star appears settled in north London.

Asked if he intended to stick around, he told the Daily Mail: "I think so. You can't predict things in football because anything can happen. But I am enjoying it here.

"The fans are amazing, the club is amazing. There are Croatians here. I really do enjoy it here. I'm not missing anything. I think this club can achieve a lot of great things.

"I think we can challenge for the Premier League and the cups. Like I said, you never know what is going to happen. You can say you are staying and then you leave. But I am happy here and I am not thinking about leaving.''

On the prospect of watching the Champions League on television, though, he added: "It's going to be hard. For the first time in the Champions League we did a great job and we were involved in some great games. It's going to be hard watching the Champions League on TV next season.''

Tottenham were well in the hunt for a second successive fourth-place finish in the Premier League finish until their season faltered over the past couple of months.

Modric is unable to put his finger on exactly what went wrong but admits Champions League burnout may have been a factor.

"We need to focus on qualifying for next season,'' he said. "If it hadn't been for the problems we had in the last two-and-a-half months we could have easily been in the top two or three in the Premier League.

"We had a bad run. It happens in football. You have bad days. But we had some good days, too. In the Premier League and the Champions League.

"I can't explain what went wrong. We just couldn't kill teams off. Maybe, because we had some injuries too, the players got tired from playing all those big games.''

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