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Ivan Perisic happy to maintain Croatian influence at Tottenham

Ivan Perisic is happy to continue the Croatian influence at Tottenham.

Luka Modric, Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar all played a big part as Spurs qualified for the Champions League for the first time by finishing fourth in the Premier League in 2009/10. Indeed, they made 78 appearances between them in that vital campaign - Vedran with 29, Luka with 25 and Niko 24.

They were then joined by goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa, who played once in the League Cup in 2010/11 after signing on loan from Spartak Moscow.

Perisic told the club's website: “I know Tottenham from 2008, 2009, 2010, I followed (the team) because a lot of Croatian players played here. Since then, I know something about the club.

“I've known them (Luka, Vedran, Stipe, Niko) since I was a kid. Then later, I played with them in the national team. 'Charlie' (Vedran's nickname) is also my national team coach now. Luka just won his fifth Champions League with Real Madrid. Niko is also a coach in the national team and Stipe is doing some jobs around the national team. I have a lot of contact with them and now I'm going to ask them more about the Club, the city and I'm sure they'll help me."

It's World Cup year, with Croatia qualifying for their fifth finals appearance in the last six tournaments for the first winter World Cup in Qatar in November.

“It's going to be a little different because it's in November until December," added the veteran. “It's going to be interesting. I hope, like all team-mates, that everyone will stay healthy, this is important if you want to achieve something, and that we can be together without injuries. Then, we can do a great job."

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