Luka Modric has revealed that he thought his move to Tottenham may have been a mistake after their poor start to the season.
The Croatian signed for the club at the end of last season after some stand-out performances for his national team.
But Spurs did not record their first Premier League win in this campaign until 26th October and at one point languished at the bottom of the table.
Modric insists that he never doubted his ability and admitted that he is feeling a lot more comfortable now his side are challenging for Europe rather than fearing relegation.
"It was very difficult for me because I didn't expect such a start," he told The Guardian.
Pressure"Soon I had that impression (that signing was a mistake). I was thinking what could I do to improve things and whether I might be partly to blame.
"In spite of that start I never doubted myself, or that the results would change. Now we can see that it's better, and there is no more pressure.
"Of course it's much easier since we didn't have to think about relegation."
The Croatian midfielder now has the confidence to say that Spurs will continue to improve under the leadership of Harry Redknapp.
He says that he is approaching next season with a sense of optimism after watching the transformation under the veteran manager.
"I think we are in a good position. It's difficult to predict if it will take a year or two but I don't think we are too far off.
"I am really looking forward to next season because I don't believe we can possibly have such a bad start again."