Kranjcar eyes Tottenham stay
Niko Kranjcar has set his sights on remaining at Tottenham for the rest of the season, despite being uncertain of a regular first-team place.
Last Updated: 08/01/12 7:32pm
Niko Kranjcar has set his sights on remaining at Tottenham for the remainder of the season, despite being uncertain of a regular first-team place.
The midfielder, who made just his 10th appearance of the season for Spurs' comfortable FA Cup third-round victory against League Two side Cheltenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday, insists he is not worried about losing his place in Croatia's Euro 2012 squad.
Manager Harry Redknapp is expected to recall international team-mate Luka Modric ahead of the 27-year-old for the midweek Premier League encounter at home to Everton.
But Kranjcar said: "I still believe my future is here.
"I know the next few months I want to stay, get in shape and hopefully have a good Euro 2012.
"The club have been great with me since I came. If I don't play here I still hope to be in good shape for the Euros.
"I would hope to prove myself in the friendlies before the tournament. That's why I'm staying.
"I hope to prove that I deserve my place in the national team. The manager (Slaven Bilic) has stuck by me all the way through."
And Kranjcar has admitted that his compatriot Modric is more than happy at the North London outfit and does not expect him to leave for Chelsea at the present time.
"Luka has been fantastic," Kranjcar said. "You can see that on the pitch and he wouldn't be if he was not happy.
"Chelsea? I think that was a long time ago. I think the season kicked on from there and he's been unbelievable."
Kranjcar also believes that Spurs' championship hopes are no pipedream as they currently sit in third position in the standings. "We have the belief in the dressing-room that we have the quality to be in the top three and chasing the top spot.
"This squad is definitely the equal of anyone's.
"We had a second-string team out against Cheltenham but still had eight internationals on the pitch. That shows the strength of the squad."