Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar believes his future at White Hart Lane depends on his fellow Croatian Luka Modric.
Modric has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Chelsea, although Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is extremely reluctant to sanction a transfer.
However, Modric is not the only Croatian whose future at White Hart Lane is in the balance, with Kranjcar also keen to depart in order to secure regular first-team football.
He made only 13 Premier League starts last season and wants more minutes on the pitch in the coming campaign.
With Modric ahead of him in the pecking order at Spurs, the likelihood is he will need to move to another club in order to guarantee more starts.
That said, Kranjcar said he would be happy to stay in north London if Modric moved on and the path to the starting XI was cleared.
“I’m quite calm about the situation at the moment but of course it will be nice to see how things will end,” he told Sportske Novosti.
“This summer’s transfer window will be one of the most interesting moments in my career.
“But one thing is certain, if Tottenham sell Luka Modric, I will stay. However, if Luka stays, I will probably be loaned out somewhere.”
Kranjcar’s comments serve as a timely reminder that Spurs have good strength in depth in midfield and could even emerge stronger from a Modric transfer.
Tottenham’s main deficiency is in attack, with the four main strikers at Spurs having struggled in front of goal last season.
Should manager Harry Redknapp invest any money recouped from the sale of Modric in a new striker then Spurs could be better bets for a Champions League qualification place.
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