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Tottenham's desire to keep Modric shows they mean business - Man Utd's Ferguson

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Tottenham's stance on Luka Modric last summer proves they have big aspirations going forward.

Spurs could have easily cashed in on the Croatian midfielder when London rivals Chelsea came knocking but Ferguson feels that the fact chairman Daniel Levy and manager Harry Redknapp wanted to keep him so badly suggests the club are looking to challenge for title after some years in the wilderness.

"The fact they decided to hold on to Modric against what everyone thought was a big Chelsea bid swung the players around," he said of his side's trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday.

"That was an indication that they mean business and it has worked because they have had a great season.

"Up until three weeks ago they were playing the best football in the league.

"He (Redknapp) has added a lot of exciting players. He has changed them right round in the last few years.

"(Kyle) Walker has been a tremendous full-back for them this season. He has great pace going forward. And they have pace from the other side from (Gareth) Bale.

"They have really clever players and everyone recognizes what a terrific player Modric is.

"Overall, they have had a great season.

"They have hit a plateau but we know Sunday is an important game for us. The most important game so far."

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