Modric: Future's bright for Spurs

BY foxsports • April 12, 2011

The 25-year-old midfielder has proven an integral part in Spurs' enthralling European run this season, with the club exceeding expectations by reaching the quarter-finals. While Tottenham face an uphill battle to overcome a four-goal deficit against Real Madrid on Wednesday night, Modric believes the side can take a lot of pride from the run. And even if this proves Spurs' last European tie this season, the Croatia international expects to achieve big things with Spurs over the coming years. "We are close [to winning something]," he said. "In front of us is a bright future if we stay together. "We need to take positives from this year and from the Champions League also, and try to put that into next season. "We need to learn from mistakes and try to fight for winning the title, but the Premier League is not easy. "It's the best competition in the world and it's not easy to win it. You have a lot of great teams: Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal. "There are a lot of rivalries and it's not easy but we have a bright future and why not, in the next years try to win something? League or FA Cup or something like that." Tottenham currently lie fifth in the Premier League, with three points separating them from Manchester City in the final Champions league berth. With games running out, Spurs may end up plying their trade in the Europa League if they cannot usurp City but Modric insists such an outcome would not result in players departing. "We enjoyed it this year playing in Champions League but a lot of players are still with long terms on their contracts and no-one is thinking about [leaving]," he said. "We are all thinking positive and that we will manage to qualify for Champions League next year and that's it. "We don't have that on our mind, if we don't qualify. We are only thinking positive how we will qualify again." The importance of Tottenham qualifying for the Champions League was highlighted by recent financial results, which showed that the club's revenue increased 49% during the six months that followed their qualification to this season's competition. Failure to secure qualification would be a huge blow for Spurs but Modric was again keen to rebuff the notion that players like himself, Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart could be poached. "We all have long contracts at the club and doesn't matter if we qualify or not qualify, I think the team will stay together," he added. "But, like I said, no-one's thinking about that. We are all thinking positive and that we will qualify for Champions League again. "But even if not, it's possible, but no-one is thinking to leave Tottenham. "We are happy here and we are enjoying Tottenham. It's a big club and that's it."

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