Crouch hopes Tottenham fans' response will persuade Modric to stay

Luka Modric (left) and Peter Crouch (centre)
Modric (left) is loved by Spurs fans, according to Crouch (centre)

Peter Crouch hopes Luka Modric's rapturous reception from fans on Saturday will help persuade the Croatian to stay at Tottenham.

Modric, 25, was making his first appearance at White Hart Lane since revealing his desire to join Chelsea.

He came off the bench in the 24th minute of Spurs' 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao, and was given an enthusiastic round of applause.

"He is a top player. We all want him to stay," said Crouch.

"I think he might have been a bit concerned about which way it would go but he got a great reception.

"That certainly makes it harder for him that the fans are right behind him.

"He knows that the fans here love him and hopefully he can stay here for as long as he can."

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has stuck to his position that Modric will not be sold, while reports suggest Chelsea are weighing up a fresh £30m bid for the player.

Tottenham first-team coach Joe Jordan added that Modric was an "exceptional professional" whose approach in training had not been affected by the transfer saga.

He said: "I think the players and the public appreciate him as a football player. But in the dressing room the players appreciate him as a person and a football player."

Meanwhile, Crouch said he had no intention of leaving Tottenham amid reports of interest from QPR and Sunderland.

"There is going to be speculation about your future but I'm extremely happy at this club," Crouch said.

"The aim has to be to get into the top four. It's going to be difficult. There are some top sides up there that have strengthened but I would still put ourselves right up there with a chance."