Luka Modric, who has been linked with Manchester United, has been urged to sign for Real Madrid where he "could win the Ballon d'Or."
Modric is believed to be Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson's top summer transfer target, but widespread newspaper reports at the weekend suggested the player is keen on a move to Spain.
In recent days, it has been suggested that a move to Madrid may only happen if Tottenham get one or two players in return.
But the 26-year-old has been urged by international team-mate Darijo Srna to forget about joining another Premier League club and instead look to push through a move to the Spanish capital, where he could become a contender for the Ballon d'Or.
"Modric is a great friend of mine and an outstanding football player," Srna told L'Equipe.
"I know that Manchester United and Chelsea want him, but playing in Spain would allow for further development of his talent and I believe that he could win the Ballon d'Or.
"In the Spanish league he could be much brighter, because in England it is a more physical game and it is difficult for his features to come out.
"I respect that Tottenham have excellent players, but they are never going to win the Premier League."
Former Real Madrid striker Davor Suker has also called for his compatriot to join Jose Mourinho's side.
Speaking to Marca, the 44-year-old said: "As a future president of Croatian football, I'd love to see Luka Modric join Real Madrid.
"He has the quality and the ability to play for a big club like Real.
"But it is a question I will pose with my heart to Mourinho and Perez."