Wednesday 17 January 2018

Spurs unite in Modric plea

Rafael van der Vaart believes Spurs can beat "anybody" if they play as well as in the 5-0 thrashing of Hearts and that Niko Kranjcar, so influential at Tynecastle, could cover for Luka Modric if the little midfielder departs for Chelsea.

"I hope Luka is going to stay but you never know," said Van der Vaart. "Kranjcar is a fantastic player and he's a little bit like Luka, he can play there. We have a good squad and when we play like we did against Hearts, we know we can win against everybody." Spurs travel to Manchester United on Monday.

Michael Dawson reiterated the club's desire for Modric to stay. "You want to keep your best players, it's as simple as that," said Dawson. "I have said it before and the chairman (Daniel Levy) has come out and said he is not selling. The lads want him to stay."

Tottenham's captain echoed Van der Vaart's optimism.

"There is tremendous competition for places and even playing your part in a 5-0 win guarantees nothing," Dawson said.

"I thought Niko and Jake (Livermore) were fantastic. That gives the manager real food for thought. JD (Jermain Defoe) was on fire against Hearts. He's going to score a hatful this season. The lads on the wings are always going to scare teams. We'll enjoy the Europa Cup, but our aim is to get back in the Champions League."

To cope, Spurs need strengthening. "Man City, in particular, have spent a lot," said Van der Vaart. "United also. But we're different. It's not a problem. Maybe you need a few players." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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