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Redknapp raves about Modric
28 Jan 2009 - 09:39:38
Croatia playmaker Luka Modric took the plaudits after helping Tottenham Hotspur to a much-needed 3-1 victory at home to Stoke City.
The hugely talented 23-year-old helped create goals for both Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson, as well as controlling the tempo of the game for long periods.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said after the game: "He showed that against a strong, physical team that not only is he a great footballer, he has a massive heart.
"Not only does he take a kick and a tackle, he wants the ball in tight areas and never shirks receiving the ball - no matter how tight people are to him. He is a top, top player.
"We've got to keep giving him the ball because he's always available. You get him on the ball and he makes things happen.
"I've played him in a 4-4-2 where most people said he couldn't play in England. It's an open looking team, but I've got confidence we'll be okay."
Meanwhile, Redknapp says that his efforts to sign Brazilian striker Fred from Lyon look like ending in failure.
He added: "He was supposed to come in today but didn't turn up, so I wouldn't bet on him coming tomorrow.
"I don't know what happened, the plan was for me to meet him and have a chat with him.
"He's out of contract in the summer, so I think they are asking for a small fee."