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Crouch backs Modric to stay

Tottenham striker Peter Crouch has urged Luka Modric to snub a potential move to Chelsea and remain at White Hart Lane after the Croatian playmaker enjoyed a rousing reception from fans during the club's pre-season win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

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Crouch has himself been linked with a move away from Tottenham this summer, with Everton, Stoke and QPR reportedly showing interest in the England striker. However, Crouch says he is "extremely happy" to stay with the club for the forthcoming campaign, and hopes his team-mate Modric will do likewise.

"I think he [Modric] might have been a bit concerned about which way it would go but he got a great reception," Crouch told the Guardian.

"That certainly makes it harder for him that the fans are right behind him. He knows that the fans here love him and hopefully he can stay here for as long as he can. He's going off for international duty now and we were saying to him 'make sure we see you on Thursday' and we hope he does.

"He is a top player. We love him at the club. He is a great lad to have about. We all want him to stay."

Harry Redknapp has spent far less on new recruits than many of Spurs' Premier League rivals this summer, but Crouch still believes the squad is capable of challenging the top clubs.

"It's amazing when you look at the other teams around us have spent. It's a hell of a lot of money," said Crouch. "I look around our dressing room though and there are a lot of players there who I wouldn't swap for theirs.

"I still believe that we have more than enough ability. The aim has to be to get into the top four. It's going to be difficult. There are some top sides up there that have strengthened but I would still put ourselves right up there with a chance."


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