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Modric: Robbie should stay on

LUKA Modric is unlikely to still be a Tottenham player when the transfer window closes at the end of this month, but the Croatian star believes that Robbie Keane deserves to play for the London club.

Modric has handed in a transfer request to Spurs, while Keane needs to leave to find first team football.

The pair have a close friendship – they swapped shirts with each other after last night’s friendly in Dublin – and Modric admits he's a fan of the Ireland captain.

“Robbie is a great player, he showed last night how important he is for the Irish team,” said Modric. “He's a great lad. I would like him to stay but he wants to play.

“That's not possible at Tottenham, so he will probably try to find other options. “But I'd like him to stay and play for us.”