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Modric will star at Spurs - Bilic

Luka Modric
Modric is a regular for Croatia

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic says Luka Modric made the right choice in deciding to join Tottenham, rather than any other Premier League side.

The 22-year-old midfielder will join Spurs next season after they agreed terms with Dinamo Zagreb.

"Tottenham is a perfect club for Luka. Spurs are a better club for Luka than, for example, Chelsea," said Bilic.

"Chelsea could have bought him, Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho and then Luka could have ended up on the bench."

Modric had been linked to several other Premier League clubs - including Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle - but Bilic said Spurs boss Juande Ramos would get the best from the highly rated star.

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"At Tottenham it will be different. Ramos will have patience with him so he gets used to the Premier League style of play," said Bilic.

"I'm certain that Luka will become their main power, the star of the team."

Modric, who has scored three goals in 24 appearances for Croatia, said Ramos had been a major factor in his decision.

"It is a big thing that Ramos wanted me in Tottenham so much," Modric said.

"Ramos's desire was my major motivation to play at White Hart Lane."

see also
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Spurs sign Croatian star Modric
26 Apr 08 |  Tottenham Hotspur
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