Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has praised playmaker Luka Modric for his professional behaviour despite intense speculation about his future.
The Croatia international has been the subject of two failed bids from Chelsea so far this summer but is keen to make the switch from White Hart Lane to Stamford Bridge before the new Premier League campaign gets under way.
Modric went as far as blasting chairman Daniel Levy during an interview with Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti, claiming the Spurs supremo “gave the public a twisted account” of showdown talks between the pair.
But Redknapp insists there have been no problems with Modric during the club’s pre-season tour of South Africa, and even handed the midfielder the captain’s armband during the 3-0 win over Orlando Pirates this weekend.
Speaking after the friendly, Redknapp told Sky Sports News: “His attitude has been first class. He has got on with it.
“There would be players when they have wanted to move that really wouldn't have wanted to be playing today and not giving 100%.
“But he only knows one way to play. He is a fantastic boy and a great professional.
“He worked hard today and his attitude couldn't be better.”
Redknapp, meanwhile, has not given up hope of keeping Modric at the club, and admits Spurs must keep hold of their star men if they want to challenge for honours.
He added: “We can't just be selling our best players off.
“Certain players just have that extra bit of class, like Rafael (van der Vaart) and Luka. We have some special players and we have to keep special players.
“They make the difference, so we have to keep Luka.”