Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has pleaded with in-demand star Luka Modric to remain patient as the club look to match his ambitions.
The 25-year-old has been subject to intense speculation this summer and is reported to have handed in a transfer request as he looks to force through a move to rivals Chelsea.
The West London club have had two bids of £22m and £27m rejected as Spurs look to hold onto the diminutive playmaker.
And Redknapp believes that although the player wants to win trophies, he feels Modric’s ambitions can be fulfilled with Spurs.
“I can understand how Luka feels in all this. If anyone offers to treble your wages you’d be interested and Chelsea are a big club,” Redknapp said in The Sun.
“Everyone wants Luka. Just ask Alex Ferguson what he thinks of him, ask Roberto Mancini at Manchester City – they all want him. He could play for Barcelona.
“Luka wants the chance to win things and he is ambitious. All I’ll say is that we are too at Tottenham.
“It’s early days in the transfer market and no one is more ambitious than our chairman Daniel Levy.
“Luka wants to know that we’ll be right up there challenging next season and we are working hard to bring in a couple of big signings that may convince him to stick with us. I hope so.
“I have sympathy for Luka and his character has shone through in all this.”
Redknapp is hoping to bring in a number of high profile signings in order to convince Modric to remain with Spurs and has been linked with moves for Emmanuel Adebayor and Mirko Vucinic.