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Croatia playmaker Luka Modrić feels confident he will whet a few appetites in north London during UEFA EURO 2008™ as he shows Tottenham Hotspur FC fans what they can expect from him next season.
The 22-year-old agreed terms with the White Hart Lane outfit in April, joining from NK Dinamo Zagreb for a €21m fee. That equalled Tottenham's highest ever outlay on a player and, with England not competing this summer after twice losing to the Croatians in qualifying, the club's fans are sure to be scrutinising their new signing's every move. "I'm confident I'll live up to their expectations," said Modrić, not yet comfortable enough to express himself in English. "Also, some of the players there have told me they'll now have someone to watch and cheer for. I think I'll do well, but the most important thing is the team."
Drawn alongside co-hosts Austria, Germany and Poland in Group B, Croatia will at least be targeting a berth in the quarter-finals. Much will therefore depend on how much magic Modrić can conjure up in his role behind the front two, particularly in the absence of injured striker Eduardo da Silva, a player capable of creating chances for himself. Modrić remains undaunted, however, citing coach Slaven Bilić for giving him the confidence to express his talents. "We've been working together for three and a half years and Mr Bilić trusted me from the start," explained the 2007 Prva Liga Player of Year. "He trusted me to show what I can do on the pitch. It's a pleasure to be able to work with someone like him." Tottenham fans will get their first glimpse when Croatia face Austria in Vienna on Sunday.
i hope modric turns out to be a good signing for us but then again i thought that about rebrov and postiga. looks like ramos is gonna draft in more foreigners so another season of getting to know each other whereas the last coupla seasons we've been pretty stable,i hope huddlestone gets to play more as he could be the man. dont want too many foreigners we the only team last year who could field a british side, ar5ena1 only got walcott and hes useless. anyway croatia 4 euro08 and berbatov to stay 4 another season. hopefully!!!!!!!!